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Apocalypse How: Baptist Movements During the English Revolution [Hardcover]

By Mark R. Bell (Author)
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A study of the relation of religion and political thought during the English Revolution, Mark R. Bell's Apocalypse How? challenges earlier historical claims that early Baptists "hardly had any political opinions at all." This reexamination demonstrates that Baptists were close to the secular radicals who became known as the Levellers and to the more religious revolutionaries known as the Fifth Monarchists. The reintegration of the religious and political aspects of their thought reveals Baptists as a movement capable of generating support for both radical groups.In clear and lively prose, Bell discusses the tranformation of Baptists from an aggressively critical sect to one more accommodating to its larger culture. Bell identifies this development with two changes in the Baptists' views of the end of time. The first of these was an overall decline in eschatological enthusiasm during the 1640s, while the second was the way apocalyptic language among Baptists gradually came to refer more to endorsing society than to transforming it. This engaging study is a solid contribution to the historiography of the earliest Baptists and of religion in England during the tumultuous seventeenth century.

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A study of the relation of religion and political thought during the English Revolution, Mark R. Bell's Apocalypse How? challenges earlier historical claims that early Baptists "hardly had any political opinions at all". This reexamination demonstrates that Baptists were close to the secular radicals who became known as the Levellers and to the more religious revolutionaries known as the Fifth Monarchists. The reintegration of the religious and political aspects of their thought reveals Baptists as a movement capable of generating support for both radical groups.

In clear and lively prose, Bell discusses the transformation of Baptists from an aggressively critical sect to one more accommodating to its larger culture. This development is identified with two changes in Baptist views of the end time. The first of these was an overall decline in eschatological enthusiasm during the 1640s, while the second was the way apocalyptic language among Baptists gradually came to refer more to endorsing society than to transforming it. This engaging study is a solid contribution to the historiography of the earliest Baptists.

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Studio: Mercer University Press
Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.37" Width: 6.45" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2000
Publisher   Mercer University Press
ISBN  0865546703  
ISBN13  9780865546707  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bell is the Webmaster and Macintosh Specialist for the Duke University Office of Information Technology. He married Virginia D. Smith.

Mark R. Bell currently resides in Chapel Hill, in the state of North Carolina. Mark R. Bell was born in 1975.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > England > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Europe > England
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > Protestant
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestantism > Baptist
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestantism > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Eschatology
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General



Reviews - What do customers think about Apocalypse How: Baptist Movements During the English Revolution?

Amazing Grace  Sep 2, 2004
Thank the heavens that someone finally addressed this neglected topic. Bell's in depth knowledge of the Baptist, and his mimetic style, only deepen the telling of this up-until-now untold story. A must read for Shakers.
 
A Timely Read  Nov 11, 2000
Given the current dissention wihtin the Southern Baptist's church this book provides an excellent insight into the formation of the religion and how it gradually reconciled its radical views and became a more mainstream sect. It is particularly relvant given the current turmoil within the Southern Baptists.
 
brilliant young scholar writes an accessible winner  Oct 31, 2000
Why did the Associate Dean of one of the world's leading business schools read a book on the interplay of religion, history, and politics? I Chair Emory's Ethics Center, and Mark Bell is a young scholar who is being talked about. This book shows why: it is lucid, well-researched yet always engaging, and breaks original ground that taught me a lot about one of the world's great religions. Bell transcends narrow scholarship--his fertile mind and apt pen range impressively over many fields--to create and defend a useful new thesis. This book is clear and concise in its exposition, thus the wisdom and culture it imparts is worth the reader's investment.
 
Religion and Revolution!  Oct 31, 2000
Even though I am not a Baptist, I really enjoyed reading this book. I was interested to learn that there was such a diversity of opinion even among the earliest English Baptists. The author's discussion of the way in which some Baptists were more radical than others, and how various elements within the Baptists wanted to accomodate with society is well integrated into his analysis of the importance of apocalypticism. This was not only a highly enlightening book, but it is also well-written and easy to understand.
 
Ground breaking  Oct 28, 2000
Excellent read! This author is a talented researcher and writer, a rare combo these days. The political context of early Baptist development and evolution is thoroughly documented and analyzed in this scholarly work. History and religion buffs are sure to enjoy this.
 

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