Monday, January 21, 2008

The Muggletonians


The Muggletonians were a curious English sect (c.1652) founded by Lodowick Muggleton and his cousin John Reeve – both second-rate London tailors. The founders claimed (and their followers believed) that they were the ‘two last witnesses’ foretold in Revelation xI 3-6. They preached that God had human form; that the Trinity was one; that the Sun travelled around the Earth; that Elijah was God’s representative in heaven; and that Satan was incarnate in Eve. Reeve died in 1658, and Muggleton in 1698-both having been imprisoned for blasphemy. Muggletonian belief struggled on for many years, finally petering out in the 1860s

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