Mysticism and Democracy in the English Commonwealth: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures Delivered in Harvard University, 1930-1931

Mysticism and Democracy in the English Commonwealth: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures Delivered in Harvard University, 1930-1931

Mysticism and Democracy in the English Commonwealth: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures Delivered in Harvard University, 1930-1931

Mysticism and Democracy in the English Commonwealth: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures Delivered in Harvard University, 1930-1931

Excerpt

Masson's Life of Milton, Carlyle Life and Letters of Oliver Cromwell and Barclay Inner Life of the Religious Societies of the Commonwealth made every reader of those books aware that this Commonwealth period of great events and significant personalities was also a time of profound religious ferment. In Germany Weingarten, Troeltsch, and Sippell, to mention only three scholars, took up, with characteristic German thoroughness, the study of this religious ferment to discover its connection with the English Reformation and its bearing upon later religious developments in England. When I was preparing my volume on The Spiritual Reformers of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (London, 1914), I became convinced that there were many movements and currents of thought in that period still to be explored and mapped out. The practical tasks and problems of the war and its aftermath left no time nor freedom for the remote issues of bygone centuries. But when a breathing space came in the autumn of 1929 I seized upon it for a period of research in the British Museum, hoping especially to trace more carefully than had yet been done the origin and development of the English "Seekers."

As I pursued my studies I soon became impressed with the close connection between the re-

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.