As the Zionites
wrestle with the presence of these Babies, a confident outsider named Michael appears, proselytizing about the world beyond Zion.
The narrative about the Woman Clothed in the Sun provided Bulgakov and his followers, the Zionites, a cultural script, which served, in Clifford Geertz's words, as both a model of and a model for reality.
Born in Algasovo village in Morshansk district of Tambov province, he converted to Spiritual Christianity at the age of eight when his parents left the official church to join the "Zionites." Forcibly deported to Armenia, the Molokans of Algasovo established the new settlement of Nikitino in 1842; this village became Maksim Rudometkin's headquarters.
(5.) By comparison, though critic Peter Fitting may be justified in calling the "Zionites
" of William Gibson's cyberpunk novel Neuromancer "another form of exoticism" (8), this self-aware and humanitarian group of rastafarians at least makes plain that some blacks (in this case, Afro-Caribbeans) continue to exist in the future, and in resistant roles.
The association was first made thirteen years ago in William Gibson's pioneering cyberpunk novel Neuromancer (Axiom includes an excerpt in its liner notes), which features the Zionites
, a group of dub-listening Rastafarian satellite dwellers.
Richard Allen's vision of a pan-African Methodist alliance attracted many Zionites. The emerging Stilwellite schism also caused many of Zion's members to reconsider their church's status in the white Methodist society.
Black Methodists temporarily forgot Allen's machinations when William Stilwell approached the Zionites in July 1820 with news of his group's departure.
Their fears confirmed, the Zionites explored options that would allow their ministers, deacons in Methodist nomenclature, to be elevated to elders.
The Zionites approached Allen to request that he promote their deacons to elder, but Allen refused unless they placed their church under his authority.
Some Zionites considered leaving Methodism and approached Bishop Hobart at Trinity Episcopal Church to request ordination for their deacons.
Episcopalian ministers hesitated to support an independent black ministry and suggested the Zionites return to William Stilwell.
However, evidence indicates the Zionites made autonomous decisions apart from Stilwell and the plebeian church.