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Subject: RE: (urth) Promises of Spring, or, The Presence of the Unstated
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 13:34:20 -0700
From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 

> That's *a* Christian view of the world.  There have been=20
> Christians who believed that Christ and the Holy Spirit=20
> working in the Church would make the world better and better=20
> (but never fully restored) until the return of Christ.  (More=20
> in the 19th century than the 20th, for obvious reasons.)

Fair enough ... I tend to use terms like "the Christian view"=20
to refer to the mainstream views (i.e., those shared by Catholicism,
Eastern Orthodoxy, and most of the larger and older Protestant=20
groups). I have indeed seen this view -- though even then they=20
usually refer to the restored world as if it were a new creation.=20

I'm not at all sure why this would have been more prevalent in=20
the XIX century, so I guess the reasons aren't all that obvious.



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