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Sabbatarianism.

1. Belief that the Sabbath* must be observed on Saturday (see, e.g., Adventist Bodies, 4; Baptist Churches, 16–17).

2. Belief that all enjoyment and unnecessary work should be avoided on Sunday, in order to enforce sobriety and pious devotion. In Eng. a controversy on the observance of the Sabbath arose in the last part of the reign of Elizabeth* I. To counteract Puritanism (see Puritans), James* I issued a Declaration for Sports on the Lord's Day (known as The Book of Sports) 1617/18, defining recreation permissible on Sunday (e.g., archery and dancing). But the Controversy continued and the book was publicly burned 1643 by order of parliament.


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