A Dictionary of All Religions and Religious Denominations/Uckewallists

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UCKENWALLISTS, a party of Mennonists, followers of Ucke-Walles, a native of Friesland, who published his sentiments in the year 1637. He entertained a favourable opinion of the eternal state of Judas, and the rest of Christ's murderers. To give an air of plausibility to this sentiment, he invented the following hypothesis: that the period of time, which extended from the birth of Christ to the descent of the Holy Ghost, was a time of darkness; during which the Jews were entirely destitute of divine light; and that, of consequence, the sins commited during this interval were in a great measure excusable.[1]

Original footnotes[edit]

  1. Mosheim, vol. v. p. 8.