The Rapture

26 Sep, 2019 230 Christianity

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas developed by the Anglican priest John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), drawn from his reading of scripture, in which Jesus would suddenly take His believers up into the air, and those left behind would suffer on Earth until He returned with His church to rule for a thousand years before Final Judgement. Some believers would look for signs that civilization was declining, such as wars and natural disasters, or for new Roman Empires that would harbour the Antichrist, and from these predict the time of the Rapture. Darby helped establish the Plymouth Brethren, and later his ideas were picked up in the Scofield Reference Bible (1909) and soon became influential, particularly in the USA.

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  • Elizabeth Phillips No other episodes
    Research Fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University
  • Crawford Gribben No other episodes
    Professor of Early Modern British History at Queen's University Belfast
  • Nicholas Guyatt 4 episodes
    Reader in North American History at the University of Cambridge

Reading list

  • Discovering the End of Time. Irish Evangelicals in the Age of Daniel O'Connell
    Donald H. Akenson (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016) Google Books →
  • Exporting the Rapture. John Nelson Darby and the Victorian Conquest of North-American Evangelicalism
    Donald H. Akenson (Oxford University Press, 2018) Google Books →
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    Yakov Ariel (New York University Press, 2013) Google Books →
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    Paul Boyer (Harvard University Press, 1994) Google Books →
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    Jennie Chapman (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) Google Books →
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    Andrew Crome (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) Google Books →
  • Holy Bible Darby Translation
    John Nelson Darby (trans.) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013) Google Books →
  • An Introduction to the Bible
    John Nelson Darby (Rani Publications, 2018) Google Books →
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    Neil T. R. Dickson (Paternoster, 2003) Google Books →
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    Frances Fitzgerald (New York University Press, 2017) Google Books →
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    Amy Johnson Frykholm (Oxford University Press, 2004) Google Books →
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    Tim Grass (Paternoster, 2006) Google Books →
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    Crawford Gribben (Oxford University Press, 2009) Google Books →
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    Crawford Gribben (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) Google Books →
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    Nicholas Guyatt (London, 2007) Google Books →
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    B.M. Pietsch (Oxford University Press, 2015) Google Books →
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    T. C. F. Stunt (T&T Clark, 2000) Google Books →
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    Matthew Avery Sutton (Harvard University Press, 2014) Google Books →
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    Jerry Walls (ed) (Oxford University Press, 2010) Google Books →
  • On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend
    Timothy P. Weber (Baker, 2004) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. The Rapture has become a powerful idea for millions of evangelical Christians around the world, particularly in America.