Heaven on Earth Paperback

Reimagining Time and Eternity in Nineteenth-Century British Evangelicalism

by Martin Spence;

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Heaven on Earth

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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 women and men, 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. The book 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 creed. 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.

Heaven on Earth by Martin Spence was published by James Clarke & Co Ltd in October 2015. The ISBN for Heaven on Earth is 9780227175538.

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Details for Heaven on Earth

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherJames Clarke & Co Ltd (October 2015)
Number of Pages324
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4347092
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