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The Formation of Evangelical Millennialism, 1600–1660

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Abstract

The new evangelical millennialism emerged at the beginning of the seventeenth century, as theologians began to reassess the eschatological consequences of their creedal communities’ rejection of millennial belief. Slowly, and very cautiously, they qualified widely-shared antipathies towards key eschatological ideas. Though this confessional revisionism stretched across European protestant communities, it made its most enduring impact in English and American contexts, and there, most obviously, though certainly not exclusively, among puritans. The confessions of faith that emerged out of these environments pointedly omitted the hostility to millennial theories that had marked their sixteenth-century predecessors. These confessions, and the publications they accompanied, provided the momentum for a wide and contradictory range of responses that propelled the most radical movements of the mid-century crisis, and set the parameters for patterns of conviction that would endure after the defeat of the revolutionary cause.1

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Seventeenth Century English Publication Creedal Community Perpetual Peace Holy Roman Emperor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity College DublinIreland

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