The Pedigree of Historicism

Feileadh Mor

Recently I joined a Historicism (Reformed) group on facebook to keep up on the current articles and thoughts of Reformed minded folks. I found a letter by Haynes posted in the group and found it helpful. I pray you do as well. It deals with the history of Futurism, it’s popularity and the history of what is known as Historicism. The full letter can be read here. The portion I quoted gives some names from church history that held to a Historicist point of view.

historicism_timeline(click image to enlarge)

So how about the pedigree of Historicism?

Starting in the second century with the early church fathers, Justin Martyr, Iraeneus, Tertullian, Hippolytus, Victorinus, Methodius, Lactantius, Eusebius, Athanasius, Jerome and Augustine in the fifth century.

Through the middle ages there were Bede and Ansport, Andreas and Anselm, Joachin Abbas and Almeric.

While it is true that these early expositors did not…

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