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Postmillennialism

An optimistic type of theology which predicts a “golden age,” a Christianized millennium of predominantly human achievement before the Second Advent and the subsequent eternal realm. The prophetic form of it is devout, the liberal form purely humanistic. An early exponent was [[Joachim of Fiore]],* who in the twelfth century divided historical ages into an OT dispensation under the Father, a NT and early church one under the Son, and the Eternal Evangel (age of the Spirit) to begin in 1260. The modern term was popularized by the Unitarian freethinker [[Daniel Whitby]],* later enjoyed immense vogue in Britain during the prosperous century from Waterloo to World War I, but was thereafter increasingly discredited by postwar realities, and even more so after World War II.