have some rituals that others consider questionable, but on the
whole fairly accepted by society
are going to emerge during the 1790s.
name from a convulsive religious dance,
Supported community building Shaker furniture (simple and strong)
Leader was Mother Ann, who insisted that followers abstain from
all sexual intercourse,
believed that the end of the world was near, and that in the
Second Coming, Jesus would take the form of a woman- her
the religion is slowly dying off.
@ 6,000 at height of the religion, only a handful left today
William Miller was their leader.
Based on figures from the Bible, he calculated that Jesus would
return in 1843, as the date got closer he narrowed specified
March 21, 1843 to March 21, 1844
Big surprise, Jesus didn’t show up.
This actually called the
A lot of ppl bought into this, upwards of 50,000.
After Jesus didn’t show, a lot of people returned to their
previous denom. Some became 7
Day Adventists or Unitarians.
So while these are sounding outlandish, keep in mind that during
this period of time a lot of ppl are open to
---unitarians (that a lot of millerites become) – reject the
doctrine of the Trinity, believe in God, but no necessarily the
divinity of Jesus
the Harvard Divinity School was distinctly Unitarian in its
formation; and in early 19
century, all churches in Boston,
except one, had Unitarian preachers
eventually they adopt more of an accepting doctrine that there
is more than
one road to spiritual enlightenment,