Friday, January 20, 2017

Wishful Thinking

We have one or two reactions of the 1881 failure of expectations. Do you have more? Probably do not exist, but we're asking anyway.


Donald Jacobs said...

Well I've got comments but don't know if they are welcome. First when you say: "Others with some pretension to academic credentials have made similar claims. One can safely consign their research to the trash bin of poorly researched history." I'd really like to know exactly what book you are talking about so I can read the comments and judge for myself.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Obvioulsy, I did not make myself clear. We are seeking comments contemporary with the event.

We've discussed your issue before, and our answer remains unchanged.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rachael and Bruce for this, another intriguing account. Also to Jerome for sharing the article I had earmarked to read only to find it had been taken down.

I was particularly interested in the preliminary paragraphs in this article relating to the religious pluralism that marked the United States and the thought that prophecy and expectation wasn't originally limited to fringe movements but a main stream phenomenon. My knowledge is sadly limited, but I wondered if anyone has studied how the development of millennialist thinking branched into the two groups: pre-millennialist and post-millennialist. Was pre-millennial thought a natural development from Calvinist teaching and did post-millennialist teaching develop before or after attempts to preach the social gospel? I don't know the answers to these questions or wouldn't be asking them. But I think they might add much to an understanding of how Bible Student thought developed, particularly as a prelude to their earlier expectations. Also, might post-millennialism explain how other religious expressions developed and why thoughts of God's Kingdom were submerged and eventually forgotten as the social gospel took centre stage?

Sorry if I ask too many questions, but as they say, if you don't ask ...

Son of Ton

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Dear Son of Ton,

You will find most of your answers in L. E. Froom's Prophetic Faith of our Fathers. Froom was an SDA writer, and his books are slanted that way. But they are useful.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for referring me to this source Rachael, which I will follow up soon. I had a feeling you would know where to direct me.

Keep on doing, what you keep on doing!

With much appreciation.

Son of Ton