RANTERS: The name given by way of reproach to an antinomian sect of the Commonwealth period in England. See ANTINOMIANISM AND ANTINOMIAN CONTROVERSIES, I., § 6. The name was also at one time opprobriously applied to the Primitive Methodists, mainly because of the emphasis and loud tones employed in their preaching and responses. See METHODISTS, I., 4, IV., 9.