Defining the Two Kingdoms: One of Luther and Calvin's Great Recoveries

Thursday, 05 Jul 2007

Two eschatologies, or views of history and creation's destiny, clashed in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. One was rooted in the triumphalism that marked Anglo-American Protestantism since the Spanish Armada's defeat in 1588 and produced the courageous confidence of the New England Puritans. The other was rooted in the disillusionment with society's gradual improvement that so characterized nineteenth-century Evangelicalism. Postmillennialism and premillennialism (see definitions on page 46) are the terms most commonly used now to delineate those two distinct approaches. Millennialism, whatever the prefix, concerns the triumph of "Christendom&...

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