Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem: Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements

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Thomas Robbins, Susan J. Palmer, Affiliate Professor in the Religion Department Susan J Palmer
Psychology Press, 1997 - Religion - 334 pages
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These 16 contributions advance the notion that a wave of apocalyptic and millennial ferment has been washing over American society and culture for several decades. The authors discuss this ferment in terms of its contemporary secular forms, its manifestation in American institutionalized religion, and its connection to violence and confrontation in such groups as the Branch Davidians and the Order of the Solar Temple. Although the focus is on North America, several contributors address developments overseas. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Robbins, an independent sociologist of religion, and Palmer (new religious movements, Dawson Coll. and Concordia Univ.) have compiled a collection of articles on the import of the coming millennium ... Read full review

Contents

THEORIES OF APOCALYPTICISM
31
MILLENNIALISM WITH AND WITHOUT THE MAYHEM
47
THE APOCALYPSE OF MODERNITY
61
FIFTEEN YEARS OF FAILED PROPHECY
73
SECULARIZING THE MILLENNIUM
93
ENVIRONMENTAL APOCALYPSE
119
TECHNOLOGICAL MILLENARIANISM IN THE UNITED STATES
139
WOMAN AS WORLD SAVIOR
159
THE PERSISTENCE OF APOCALYPTICISM WITHIN A
207
LATTER DAY REVISITED
229
VIOLENCE AND CONFRONTATION
247
RELIGIOUS TOTALISM EXEMPLARY DUALISM
261
THE MYSTICAL APOCALYPSE OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE
285
AUM SHINRIKYO AS AN APOCALYPTIC MOVEMENT
313
CONTRIBUTORS
325
INDEX
331

APOCALYPTICISM AND THE CHURCHES
175
IO CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTIONISM AND THE ANGRY RHETORIC
195

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Thomas Robbins is an independent sociologist of Religion. He is the author of Cults, Converts and Charisma (1988) and has co-edited numerous books, among them In Gods WeTrust (1990) and Between Sacred and Secular (1994). Susan J. Palmer teaches at Dawson College and Concordia University and specializes in new religious movements. She is the author of Moon Sisters, Krishna Mothers, Rajneesh Lovers and AIDS as an Apocalyptic Metaphor.

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