Talk:Ranter

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>"though many of them were sincere and honest in their attempt to express the doctrine of the Divine immanence, they were in the main unable to hold the balance."

>"Their vague pantheism landed them in moral confusion, and many of them were marked by fierce fanaticism."

>"The truth is that the positive message of the [Quakers] helped to save England from being overrun with Ranterism."


Unsupported assertions like this do not exactly help in the bid to produce NPOV articles. I have, consequently, deleted them. R Lowry 04:48, 10 Jan 2004 (UTC)

The article contains the following paragraph:

>In the mid-19th century, the name was often applied to the Primitive Methodists, with reference to their crude and often noisy preaching. Even Gerrard Winstanley, the leader of another English dissenting group called the Diggers, ascribed to Ranter principles "a general lack of moral values or restraint in worldly pleasures."

The second sentence is a non-sequitur. Winstanley was a 17th century writer, with no particular views on the Primitive Methodists. The two points should appear separately. 50.11.221.142 (talk) 00:50, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Could someone with an understanding of this subject add a line explaining why they were called "Ranters"? I think most casual readers come with that question in mind, but the article as currently written doesn't address it, and the context doesn't suggest an explanation either. One assumes a "ranter" is a street evangelist, as the article acknowledges in the case of Primitive Methodists, but it also points out that there is no connection between these two groups except for a coincidental epithet. So I'm left with the question. Laodah 20:32, 9 January 2017 (UTC)