When New York farmer William Miller prophesied that on October 22, 1844, the world would end and that Christ would come to reign for a thousand years, a million followers believed him. And even after the "Great Disappointment" dashed their immediate hopes, most of the believers remained faithful to their new church and maintained their belief in the imminent Second Coming of Christ.
The Millerites were the original nucleus of today's Seventh-Day Adventist and Adventist Christian Churches, and this historical collection provides the necessary materials for a thorough study of the millenial philosophy. Researchers and students in American religious movements, nineteenth-century social historians, futurologists, hymnologists, and historians of the religious press will discover many research opportunities through the 1,000 early books and pamphlets, 2,500 issues of rare periodicals, and more than 1,000 letters featured here.
The Millerites and Early Adventists presents the birth, growth, and change of what remains a major religious group today. The collection is divided into five sections:
Based on the critically acclaimed bibliographic essay by Carner, Kubo, and Rice first published in The Rise of Adventism, the collection is a valuable research key to serious studies of millenialist history and doctrine as well as to comparative studies of religion and religious movements.