So conceived, antinomians
belong within the puritan continuum, and the puritan outrage at antinomian
excess becomes intelligible in the context of the spoliation of a common provenance.
His influential collection of documents and narratives about the controversy, A Short Story of the Rise, reign, and ruine of the Antinomians
, Familists, and Libertines that infected the churches of New-England (1644), is regarded as unsympathetic to Hutchinson but a "basically accurate" account of her church trial (198).
At one point we learn there were seven antinomian
preachers in London, at another, five.
While Calvinism was clearly the most significant theological force behind the Puritan revolution in England, it was a Calvinism confronted by a variety of other religious forces: Roman Catholic and Anglican, Arminian and Antinomian
, and Anabaptist and Quaker.
The core of Blown by the Spirit, following a chronological and scene-setting overview, is a series of focused chapters on the likes of John Traske (not the judaising Saturday-sabbatarian of the early Jacobean period, who had strong and literal respect for the Mosaic law, but Traske's later, antinomian
, Abiezer Coppe, Laurence Clarkson, and Jacob Bauthumley are given a free ride on behalf of "an escape from selfishness into universal love" (95), but early nineteenth-century liberals are generally found wanting, and treated to a disdain that accords with their hegemonic tendencies.
preach a doctrine that frees Christians, saved by grace, from the observance of moral law.
Forsyth, Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind) "Today, the role seems to be reversed: private antinomians
and public moralizing.
The rejection of codified, coercive Law that Blake shares with the Antinomians
is accompanied by celebration of what was called the Everlasting Gospel.
David Hume on Puritan-era factions: "The Antinomians
even insisted that the obligations of morality and natural law were suspended, and that the elect, guided by an internal principle more perfect and divine, were superior to the beggarly elements of justice and humanity.
Joachist ideas also passed into the Reformation, especially among the more extreme sects such as the Anabaptists and the Antinomians
The author's Sufism is, of course, clearly on the sober side; he condemns the antinomians
who would have perfect love of God replace shar i duties (idha kamulat al-mahabba irtafa at al-khidma; FM, 4, ll.
Nonetheless, grace did not set the believer free from obedience, a point Backus made in conversation with Antinomians
, who believed that through their personal religious experience they were incapable of sin and, following the divine voice, were no longer bound to the law.
As a radical of the religious middle--between Presbyterians and high Calvinist Independents on one hand, and Baptists and Antinomians
on the other--he acquired an influential following but established no party, and he remained outside the centers of policy in Parliament and the Army command.
Were they antinomians
who believed that life groans under the usurping authority of evil, and that resistance to established religious doctrine is, in fact, true morality?