John Mason and his religion: An enthusiastic millenarian in late Seventeenth-Century England

Almond, Philip C. (2009) John Mason and his religion: An enthusiastic millenarian in late Seventeenth-Century England. The Seventeenth Century, 24 1: 156-176.

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Author Almond, Philip C.
Title John Mason and his religion: An enthusiastic millenarian in late Seventeenth-Century England
Journal name The Seventeenth Century   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-117X
Publication date 2009-04-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 156
End page 176
Total pages 20
Editor Richard Maber
Place of publication Manchester, United Kingdom
Publisher Manchester University Press
Language eng
Abstract Almond examines the religion of John Mason, late seventeenth-century Anglican minister, millenarian and visionary. He argues that John Mason's millenarian religion demonstrates the mingling of high scholarly traditions of apocalypticism-those of Joseph Mede and Johann Heinrich Alsted especially-with plebeian modes of millenarian enthusiasm. John Mason exemplifies at the end of the seventeenth century what Nicholas McDowell has discerned in its middle years, namely, that religious radicalism may be generated from the 'top down' as well as from below. The religion of John Mason also provides further evidence of the ongoing importance of millenarian themes at the dissenting edges of the English church after the Revolution of 1688-1689. The apocalypticism of John Mason is further evidence that, 'apocalyptic thought had survived the change in radical fortunes after the decades of the mid-century and was readily adapted to explain the Restoration civil and ecclesiastical context'.
Keyword religious thought
millenarianism
early modern england
enthusiasm
apocalypticism
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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