William Watson

William Watson

Dr. William Watson is Professor of History at Colorado Christian University. His degrees are from Cal Poly (BA History, 1976), Talbot Seminary (MDiv, 1979), University of California Riverside (MA European History, 1981 & PhD English History, 1995).

He served as a linguist for Army Intel in Berlin (1973-75), taught at a Christian high school in the 1980s and at Azusa Pacific and Cal Baptist in the early 1990s before coming to CCU in 1996. He also teaches occasionally as an adjunct professor in Western Civilization at the University of Colorado Boulder.

He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Moldova in 2004 and an Oxford Visiting Summer Fellow in 2007. As a graduate student he studied at the Huntington Library, the British Museum, and Oxford and Cambridge, as well as helping to compile a database on everything published in the English language prior to 1800, allowing all this material to now be available online. His research specialty is 17th and 18th century English Church History, with a doctoral dissertation on the politics of English clergy, and subsequent research on the relationship between religion and science, and now eschatology.

Watson is author of Dispensationalism Before Darby (Lampion Press, 2015).

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My primary motivation for beginning the research culminating in this book came from a colleague at Colorado Christian University, Dr. Johann Kim, professor of New Testament studies. We debated the issue of Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism before a large audience in the spring of 2007, where he declared that these ideas began only 150 years ago in the mind of John Nelson Darby. Having spent decades digging through archives and data bases of pre-Victorian English published material, I had regularly encountered Apocalyptic material which seemed similar to Darby, and decided after that debate to dedicate my time to studying them. Since then, upon informing colleagues of my work, I got a response similar to what James Robertson got in early eighteenth century while writing on the book of Revelation: ...
Duration: 1 hr 25 mins 57 secs
Although Christianity began as a Jewish sect, by the second century is was overwhelmingly composed of Gentiles, with little emotional attachment to Judaism. By the mid-second century Marcion was denying the Torah and Justin Martyr, who claimed “we are the true Israel” and “You are sadly mistaken if you think that, just because you are descendants of Abraham according to the flesh, you will share in the legacy...” Increasingly early Christianity began to cast away from its Jewish roots...
“Ideas have consequences”, and one’s eschatology affects what one thinks of the Jews and the modern state of Israel. The abandonment of Premillennialism for Amillenialism (denying a literal millennium) and Preterism (believing eschatological events were fulfilled by the end of the Roman Empire) denies Jews the hopes given to them in the Bible, and contributes to attitudes of Antisemitism...
Having published a book on eschatology in seventeenth and eighteenth century England, I began a study of these ideas even earlier in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This led me to archives in the UK during the summer of 2016 (British Library, National Archives, Lambeth Palace Library, Oxford University), and several county record offices in the south of England. While searching manuscript collections at the British Library I discovered a seventeenth century copy of a fifteenth century gothic manuscript titled “Treatyse of the Cumminge of Antecryst”...