Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | November 6, 2007

I have become a Muggletonian

“Following Reeve’s death and the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, Muggletonianism split and dwindled, and Muggleton developed a new doctrine that, since God no longer intervened in the world, prayer, formal services and evangelism were useless…
The sect, though always small, maintained a continuous existence for nearly three hundred years. Interest in Muggletonianism revived in the 1750s, because of parallels with the teaching of Swedenborg, and again in the late 1820s, when many of the early texts were reprinted. As late as the 1920s, diminishing numbers continued to gather at annual festivals to read the founders’ writings and sing their hymns. When the “Last Muggletonian,” Mr. Phillip Noakes of Matfield, Kent, died in 1979, the movement’s extensive archives went to the British Library.”

http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/hist/muggle.html 


Responses

  1. I am renouncing Muggletonianism!

  2. A friend felt I should mention that neither the first message, nor the second is true. They are both jokes. I am sure Muggletonianism is a splendid philosophy and one day I would like to pore over Mr Noakes’ collection, but for now suffice it to say both remarks (that I have become and then renounced this belief system) were simply uttered in the vague hope of amusing someone.


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