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Millenium, Messiahs and Mayhem : Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements

Millenium, Messiahs and Mayhem : Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415916493

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ISBN13: 978-0415916493
ISBN10: 0415916496
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1997
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Millenium, Messiahs and Mayhem : Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415916493

Thomas Robbins

ISBN13: 978-0415916493
ISBN10: 0415916496
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

As we approach the Millennium, apocalyptic expectations are rising in North America and throughout the world. Beyond the symbolic aura of the millennium, this excitation is fed by currents of unsettling social and cultural change. The "millennial myth" ingrained in American culture is continually generating new movements, which draw upon the myth and also reshape and reconstruct it. Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem examines many types of apocalypticism such as economic, racialist, environmental, feminist, as well as those erupting from established churches. Many of these movements are volatile and potentially explosive.

Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem brings together scholars of apocalyptic and millennial groups to explore aspects of the contemporary apocalyptic fervor in all orginal contributions. Opening with a discussion of various theories of apocalypticism, the editors then analyze how millennialist movements have gained ground in largely secular societal circles. Section three discusses the links between apocalypticism and established churches, while the final part of the book looks at examples of violence and confrontation, from Waco to Solar Temple to the Aum Shinri Kyo subway disaster in Japan.

CONTRIBUTORS:

James Aho
Dick Anthony
Robert Balch
Michael Barkun
John Bozeman
David Bromley
Michael Cuneo
John Dimitrovich
John Hall
Massimo Introvigne
Philip Lamy
Ronald Lawson
Martha Lee
Barbara Lynn Mahnke
Vanessa Morrison
Mark Mullins
Ansun Shupe
Susan Palmer
Thomas Robbins
Philip Schuyler and Catherine Wessinger.














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