RANTERS , an antinomian and spiritualistic
See also:sect in the
See also:time of the
See also:Commonwealth, who may be described as the dregs of the Seeker
See also:movement . Their central idea was pantheistic, that
See also:God is essentially in every creature, but though many of them were sincere and honest in their attempt to
See also:express the
See also:doctrine of the Divine immanence, they were in the
See also:main unable to hold the
See also:balance . They denied
See also:Church, Scripture, the current
See also:ministry and services, calling on men to hearken to Christ within them . Many of them seem to have rejected a belief in immortality and in a
See also:personal God, and in many ways they resemble the Brethren of the
See also:Free Spirit in the 14th century . Their vague
See also:pantheism landed them in moral confusion, and many of them were marked by fierce fanaticism . How far the accusation of lewdness brought against them is just is hard to say, but they seem to have been a really serious peril to the nation . They were largely recruited from the
See also:people, and there is plenty of evidence to show that the movement was widespread . The Ranters came into contact and even rivalry with the early
See also:Quakers, who were often unjustly associated with them . The truth is that the
See also:message of the Friends helped to save England from being overrun with Ranterism .
See also:Fisher, a Friend, writing in 1653, gives a
See also:calm and instructive account of the Ranters, which with other relevant information, including
See also:Baxter's rather hysterical attack, may be read in Rufus M .
See also:Jones's Studies in Mystical Religion (1go9), xix . In the
See also:middle of the 19th century the name was often applied to the
See also:Primitive Methodists, with reference to their crude and of ten noisy preaching .
RANSOM (from Lat. redemptio, through Fr. rancon)
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