Saturday, January 3, 2015

English Dissenters

Why are there so many English Dissenters? What was so special about the 15, 16, and 1700s that they produced so many different religious groups in Britain at the time?

Some of the more interesting groups:

Adamites--supposedly went around naked.

Diggers--religious communists who tried to farm on common lands, hence the name.

Enthusiasts--a dirty word for anyone with strong feelings about religion. Or politics.

Family of Love--kind of like modern hippies (see previous post.)

Fifth Monarchists--wanted to turn the English government into a new Sanhedrin to usher in the Apocalypse. Actually convinced Cromwell to try the idea. No apocalypse happened.

Muggletonians--named Muggletonians. What else do you need?

And of course, there were some famous groups you've probably already heard of, like the Puritans and the Quakers.

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