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Great Disappointment

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This article is about religious history. For the AFI song of the same name, see The Great Disappointment (song).

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William Miller

Background and history




The Great Disappointment was a major event in the history of the Millerite movement, a 19th-century American Christian sect that formed out of the Second Great Awakening. Based on his interpretations of the prophecies in the book of Daniel, William Miller, a Baptist preacher, proposed that Jesus Christ would return to the earth during the year 1844.

The specific date of October 22, 1844, was preached by Samuel S. Snow. Thousands of followers, some of whom had given away all of their possessions, waited expectantly. When Jesus did not appear, the date became known as the Great Disappointment.



  1. Jump up^ William to Joshua V. Himes, February 4, 1844.
  2. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 163–164.
  3. Jump up^ Bliss, Sylvester (1853). Memoirs of William Miller Memoirs of William Miller. Boston: Joshua V. Himes. p. 256.
  4. Jump up^ Samuel S. Snow, The Advent Herald, August 21, 1844, 20.
  5. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 217–218.
  6. Jump up^ White, James (1875). Sketches of the Christian Life and Public Labors of William Miller: Gathered From His Memoir by the Late Sylvester Bliss, and From Other Sources. Battle Creek: Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association. p. 310.
  7. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 222–223.
  8. Jump up^ Cross, Whitney R. (1950). The Burned-over District: A Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. p. 310.
  9. Jump up^ Knight 1993, p. 232.
  10. Jump up^ Dick, Everett N. (1994). William Miller and the Advent Crisis. Berrien Springs, Michigan: Andrews University Press. p. 25.
  11. Jump up^ Knight 1993, p. 236.
  12. Jump up^ Knight 1993, p. 305.
  13. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 305–306.
  14. Jump up^ O'Leary, Stephen (2000). "When Prophecy Fails and When it Succeeds: Apocalyptic Prediction and Re-Entry into Ordinary Time". In Albert I. Baumgarten (ed.). Apocalyptic TimeBrill Publishers. p. 356.ISBN 90-04-11879-9. Examining Millerite accounts of the Great Disappointment, it is clear that Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance is relevant to the experience of this apocalyptic movement.
  15. Jump up^ James T. Richardson. "Encyclopedia of Religion and Society: Cognitive Dissonance". Hartland Institute. Retrieved 2006-07-09.
  16. Jump up^ Momen, Moojan (1992). "Fundamentalism and Liberalism: towards an understanding of the dichotomy"Bahá'í Studies Review 2 (1).
  17. Jump up^ Momen, Moojan (2007). "Messianic Concealment and Theophanic Disclosure" (PDF)Online Journal of Bahá'í Studies 1: 71–88.ISSN 1177-8547. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  18. Jump up^ Shoghi Effendi Rabbani. God Passes By. p. 9.
  19. Jump up^ Momen, Moojan (1999 (online)). "Early Western Accounts of the Babi and Baha'i Faiths"Encyclopedia articles. Bahá'í Library Online. Retrieved 2012-02-02. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. Jump up^ "Early mention of Bábís in western newspapers, summer 1850".Historical documents and Newspaper articles. Bahá'í Library Online. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  21. Jump up^ Sears, William (1961). Thief in the Night. London: George Ronald.ISBN 0-85398-008-X.
  22. Jump up^ Bowers, Kenneth E. (2004). God Speaks Again: An Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith. Baha'i Publishing Trust. p. 12. ISBN 1-931847-12-6.
  23. Jump up^ Motlagh, Hushidar Hugh (1992). I Shall Come Again (The Great Disappointment ed.). Mt. Pleasant, MI: Global Perspective. pp. 205–213.ISBN 0-937661-01-5.


  • Knight, George R. (1993). Millennial Fever and the End of the World. Boise, Idaho: Pacific Press. ISBN 9780816311781.

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