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Puritanism was an intensely eschatological movement. From the beginnings of its separatist tradition, in the exile of early protestants from the threat of Mary's reign, puritanism developed as a distinctly millenarian temper, exploiting its eschatological interests in various and conflicting contexts. Throughout the three kingdoms, protestants unsatisfied with the via media of the institutional churches pursued a reformist agenda which fore-grounded their eschatological hope. They developed the Christological and iconoclastic maxim of European Calvinism -- finitum non est capax infiniti -- into an aesthetic ideology which promoted eschatological topoi as sites of profound and intense philosophical interest.
This book traces the development of the puritan theology of 'last things', qualifying the existing historical narrative. Exploring an alternative canon -- those writers highlighted by their contemporaries as influential figures in the millenarian discourse -- it traces the use and abuse of eschatology throughout the three kingdoms, emphasising the complex interplay of radically diverse writers. The book takes eschatological writers in chronological order of importance, contextualising such giants as John Foxe, James Ussher, John Milton and John Bunyan by juxtaposing them with the theological situation their works exposed -- the interpretations of the Geneva Bible, the ecclesiological polemics of the Covenanters, and the conversion narratives of the Interregnum radicals. Puritan millenarianism is shown to be a formative factor in the development of a distinctly puritan historiography, conflicting doctrines of church order, and a radical view of the self. The puritan literary projectis shown to be nothing less than a sustained attempt to grasp the transcendent.
Title: The Puritan Millenium: Literature and Theology, 1550-1682
ISBN or ASIN: 1851825770
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