Heaven on Earth: Reimagining Time and Eternity in Nineteenth-Century British Evangelicalism

Spence, Martin

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A revealing study of premillenialism in Victorian evangelicalism, showing that contrary to popular stereotype the doctrine was often linked to liberal, forward-looking elements of evangelical thought. Num Pages: 322 pages. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 3JH; HRCC2; HRCM. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 215 x 496 x 25. Weight in Grams: 482. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In nineteenth-century Britain, a large number of prominent Anglican and Presbyterian Evangelicals rejected the idea that salvation meant "going to heaven when you die". Instead, they proposed that God would establish his kingdom on earth, renewing the creation and reanimating embodied humans to live in a world of science and progress. This book introduces the writings and activities of these men and women, among whom were counted the ardent social reformer Lord Shaftesbury, the highly respected clergyman Edward Bickersteth, the popular author Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, and the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance, Thomas Rawson Birks. Spence shows that the catalyst for such theological revisionism was the end-times doctrine known as "premillennialism". While commonly characterised as a gloomy and sectarian belief, the book argues that premillennialism in Victorian Britain was actually an optimistic and often liberalising doctrine. It dissolved older Evangelical assumptions about the dissimilarities between time and eternity, body and soul, heaven and earth. The book demonstrates that, far from being eccentric pessimists, premillennialists were actually pioneers of trends in nineteenth-century Christian theology that stressed the importance of the incarnation, prioritised social justice, and even entertained the idea of universal salvation.

About the Author: Martin Spence is Associate Professor of History at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has taught global, European, British, and Christian history at seminaries and universities in Britain and the United States.

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