Magazine article The Spectator

Millennial Madness: Jaspistos

Magazine article The Spectator

Millennial Madness: Jaspistos

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IN COMPETITION NO. 2000 you were invited to report, as an eye-witness, three startling events or incidents which might suitably or unsuitably occur in the Year of the Millennium.

`In Hyde Park I find combative groups of Seventh-day Adventists and Christadelphians, each claiming the dawn of the Millennium with differing theologies. Hectic fighting breaks out....' Basil RansomeDavies's vision set me checking up on the millenarians. The Seventh-day Adventists grew out of a movement begun by William Miller, an American who preached that the world would end about 1843 - Millerian millenarians! The Christadelphians are sometimes called Thomasites after the unfortunately named founder John Thomas (1805-71), whose sell-by date seems to have passed. And then there are the Irvingites, named after a l9th-century Scotch clergyman whose translation, The Coming of the Messiah, was supposedly written by a Christian Jew but actually by a Spanish Jesuit! The prizewinners, printed below, take 25 each, and the bonus bottle of Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch whisky goes to Vivian Linacre. …

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