Abstract and Keywords
Reformed Christians developed their eschatological thinking in reaction to the claims of both Roman Catholic and Anabaptist theologians, both in rejecting the doctrine of purgatory and in rejecting the doctrine of a future millennium. The Reformed elaborated upon their eschatological convictions in a series of confessions of faith, which were frequently expanded upon, and sometimes entirely rejected—and especially in the seventeenth century, when the adoption by English Puritans of millennial expectations challenged the purpose and authority of a European creedal consensus. Time-bound and geared toward the historical moment, it is in discussions of eschatology that early modern Reformed theologians seem least likely to meet the expectations of their modern readers.
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