By Richard Connors
Neither the meliorist political tradition of the nascent American republic nor its later go with the flow towards apocalyptically tinged 'fundamentalist' Protestantism and dispensationalism should be defined open air the context of the shared Anglo-American traditions and practices of millennial expectation and apocalyptic angst--whether expressed by way of early colonists, Milton, Blake, Miller or the Continental Congress. during this chronologically direct and thematically diverse quantity, 5 students operating in 3 particular disciplines (Religion, English literature, and historical past) strategy millennialism and apocalypticism within the British and Anglo-American contexts, making extraordinary contributions either to the research of spiritual, literary and political tradition within the English-speaking ecumene, and, at the least implicitly, to the critique of disciplinary exclusivity. in simple terms in such combined corporation does the research of the millennial nexus in English and American faith, tradition, literature and politics, from the time of Milton to the time of the Millerites, come into concentration.
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The passage makes it strikingly unclear what exactly is to be hoped for in the future. Of course, Foxe wants no more suffering and martyr stories, but what does he think will forestall them: the imminent Apocalypse or the continued reign of Elizabeth? That is, does the passage yearn for the end of time or seek to forestall this end? Notice how the last sentence of the passage hurries time along to an anticipated conclusion (“it hasteneth to its end”), but at the same time forestalls this conclusion by drawing time out (“waxeth,” “longer,” “more”).
Postmillennial Foreclosure and Human Action While Foxe’s apocalyptic emphasis does allow him to confer a significant degree of continuity on his nation’s past, it also creates a 14 formidable difficulty in his conception of the national future. The Elizabethans were a postmillenialist and antimillenarian bunch; they advanced a historicist rather than futurist interpretation of the Apocalypse. For them, Christ’s Second Advent, coming after the millennium that had already occurred in history, would bring a sudden and absolute end to earthly existence.
One way to approach Milton’s “futurism” is to ask: was Milton in fact a premillennialist, in the way that many of his Puritan contemporaries had become? 59 To begin, we should examine the explicit premillennialism in De Doctrina Christiana, which insists that there are any number of texts which show that Christ’s reign will take place on earth. . This judgment [of Luke 22:29], it seems, will not last for one day only but for a considerable length of time, and will really be a reign, rather than a judicial session.
Anglo-American Millennialism, from Milton to the Millerites (Studies in the History of Christian Thought) by Richard Connors