At some point in his youth or early adulthood, Betjeman discovered that his teddy bear, a lifelong companion whom he had named Archibald Ormsby-Gore, was a fervent Nonconformist
of a stern and censorious conventicle; his lone children's book, Archie and the Strict Baptists, is a loving tribute to his bear and to this obscure denomination.
Locke, like the Tories and many of the Protestant nonconformists
, did not, under any circumstances want to tolerate Catholics.
Other Anglican interpreters redirected the apocalypse as much against Protestant nonconformists
as against Roman Catholics: they identified the resurrection of the two witnesses as the 1660 re-establishment of monarchy and episcopacy after their destruction by anti-Christian Presbyterians and sectarians.
What is important to consider is that some of our ancestors would have belonged to one of these Nonconformist
religions at some point during their life.
While rightly identified as a loss in the Nonconformist
tradition, it is sadly one that all churches suffer.
To appreciate a poet who is both "agile" and "daring," both "nuanced" and "commanding," White traces her and her family's move from Presbyterianism into a nonconformist
position characterized theologically by Arianism (Christ was neither simply man nor an equal person in a Trinitarian God) and morally by Arminianism (an anti-Calvinist critique of predestined election and damnation that viewed human moral and emotional capacities more positively).
Finally, after the Act of Toleration (1689), Welsh Dissenters became Nonconformists
who were free to develop their own churchly communities.
religious movement was initiated by John Wesley?
Itwas only as an after thought, when I obtained a copy of the nonconformist
registers for the local chapel, that I found that he and all his siblings had all been baptized there.
But by revealing the hundreds of sketches he made during his life, this exhibition showed that even the nonconformist
artist pursued a more truly "underground," "secret" career behind the one that was already invisible to official culture.
Infamous for his drinking, womanizing (he had six wives, one of whom he stabbed), bluster, and nonconformist
views, he nonetheless earned deep respect--and even greater controversy--for many of his works, which were often deliberately provocative and obscene.
The National Archives collection of nonconformist
birth, marriage and death records from 1567 is now available to view on the internet.
For today's youth, drinking, smoking pot, and experimenting with drugs is not the nonconformist
path to take, but rather the stereotypical path that all regular kids, daring to be different, take.
LANCASTER -- Iconoclast rock musician and nonconformist
composer Frank Zappa once as a teenager was arrested while walking down Lancaster Boulevard, in what he believed was an authoritarian attempt to stop his R&B band from playing at a Lancaster Woman's Club dance.
By their nonconformist
stance modern pagan intellectuals strive to "construct authenticity for their practices according to academic paradigms, and simultaneously [reject] academic authority as the ultimate seal of approval for their productions" (54-55).