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Ranters, a derogatory term used to characterize a quasi-religious anti-nomian movement (Antinomism) among radical English Protestants which is thought to have emerged sometime between 1649 and 1654, during the Interregnum. As a movement, the Ranters were anarchic rather than organized as a sect and consisted largely of members of the Parliamentary army along with the London poor, where the movement was centered. The term originated among those who were deeply offended by their behavior, whi…

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Amos, N. Scott, “Ranters”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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