Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases

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Catherine Wessinger, REV H James Yamauchi S J Professor of the History of Religions Catherine Wessinger
Syracuse University Press, 2000 - Religion - 403 pages
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In this book a cross-cultural and comparative volume, Catherine Wessinger reveal three patterns within millennial groups that are not mutually exclusive: assaulted millennial groups which are attacked by outsiders who fear and misunderstand the religion, fragile millennial groups that initiate violence to preserve the religious goal, and revolutionary millennial groups possessing an ideology that sanctions violece.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Time Authority and Ethics in the Khmer Rouge
13
Millennialism Persecution and Violence
43
From Vision to Violence
62
Theology Is Life and Death
82
Shooting Dreads on Sight
101
American as Cherry Pie
121
The Magic of Death
138
Western Millennial Ideology Goes East
220
Nazism as a Millennialist Movement
241
Japanese Lotus Millennialism
261
SALTER
281
Real Paranoids Have Real Enemies
299
The Justus Freemen Standoff
323
A Brief History of Millennialism and Suggestions
347
Bibliography
367

Imagined Persecution
158
Millenarian Tragedies in South Africa
185
Apocalypse Persecution and SelfImmolation
205

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