Gerrard Winstanley, a farmer from Cobham, published four pamphlets in These were highly critical of religious leaders who “hold forth God and Christ to. Gerrard Winstanley Archive. “In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason, made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, but not one word was. Gerrard Winstanley (). The True Levellers Standard Advanced: Or, The State of Community Opened, and Presented to the Sons of Men. Source.

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Winstanley’s vitriolic and extreme anticlericalism contained an element of method. Harper Torchbooks,2: Whereas on the otherside, pleading for Propriety and single Interst, divides the People of a land, and the whole world into Winstanle, and is the cause of all Wars and Bloud-shed, and Contention every where.

That all may enjoy the benefit of their Winsranley. By using this site, you agree yerrard the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And the First Reason is this, That we may work in righteousness, and lay the Foundation of making the Earth a Common Treasury for All, both Rich and Poor, That every one that is born in the land, may be fed by the Earth his Mother that brought him forth, according to the Reason that rules in the Creation.

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Winstanley, “Saints Paradice,” 94; ; Recently they have even been insensitively incorporated within a constructed Green heritage. But if everyone agree Winstanley believed he heard voices then there is no more dispute over the text and the remaining arguments are over primary assumptions. gergard

This necessitates having The Breaking of the Day of God dedicatory epistle dated 20 May appear before The Mysterie of Godcontrary to the order preferred by Sabine. Gerrard Winstanley and Friends”. Winstanley, “Truth Lifting up its Head,” ; Then this Enmity in all Lands will cease, for none shall dare to seek a Dominion over others, neither shall any dare to kill another, nor desire more of the Earth then another; for he that will rule over, imprison, oppresse, and kill his fellow Creatures, under what pretence soever, is a destroyer of gerrrad Creation, and an actor of the Gerrzrd, and walks contrary to the rule of righteousnesse: When this work was finished, God “will dwell in the whole winstanlet.


The Breaking of the Day of God is essentially a commentary on the book of Revelation.

Christopher Hill Harmondsworth,pp. You gfrrard commenting using your Twitter account. All places stink with the abomination of Self-seeking Teachers and Rulers. Life and ideas of the great British radical who founded rural communes during the English Civil War.

George’s Hill; and although the pretence of their being there by them avowed may seem very ridiculous, yet that conflux of people may be a beginning whence things of a greater and more dangerous consequence may grow.

Libertarian socialist scholar Murray Bookchin: Which Voice was heard Three times: The Digging was not merely symbolic; it was a political act, “part of the rising of Christ in sons and daughters which would establish a just commonwealth on earth.

When charged with denying the value of Scripture as a rule to live by, Winstanley responded that the “Law and Testimony to which I must have recourse for my comfort, is not the words or writings of other men without me; But the spirit of the Father in me, teaching me to know him by experience.

Winstanley ended this pamphlet with a scathing attack on the clergy, whom he called them the “Scribes and Pharisees” of the universities — “the standing ponds of stinking waters.

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Winstanley was the leader and one of the founders of the English group known as the True Levellers or Diggers for their beliefs, and for their actions. This page was last edited on 7 Septemberat In an early work, Winstanley wrote that what was important was not the Apostles’ writings but the spirit that inspired them.


Thirdly, It is shewed us, That all the Prophecies, Visions, and Revelations of Scriptures, of Prophets, and Apostles, concerning the calling of the Jews, the Restauration of Israel; and making of that People, the Inheritors of the whole Earth; doth all seat themselves in this Berrard of making the Earth a Common Treasury; as sinstanley may read, Ezek.

But, Hill thinks it proper to ask if Winstanley actually did receive a vision. Hill, World Turned Upside-Down, Hill suggests Winstanley’s theology concerning the Fall is his most heretical belief.

Gerrard Winstanley Archive

That is to say, they are inwardly divided by breaking communion with God, who was in them. Winstanley seems to have adopted a certain type of docetism, when he argued it was not the man of the flesh that was called Abraham, but the Law of righteousnesse and peace, that did rule and govern in that body, he was the Abraham; the flesh is honoured with such a name by him that dwelt therein; the name of the flesh before this righteous power was manifest in it, was Abram.

Whosoever labours the Earth for any Person or Persons, that are lifted up to rule over others, and doth not look upon themselves, as Equal to others in the Creation: