Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy

Front Cover
Jon R. Stone, Tom J. Farer
Psychology Press, 2000 - Religion - 284 pages
2 Reviews
What happens when prophecies fail? This anthology gathers together in one volume research from the fields of sociology and psychology, to seek an answer to this question.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - ChrisRippel - LibraryThing

Anthology of 15 articles testing Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance on a number of failed prophecies up to 1995. These articles describe the effects of failed prophecies within organized ... Read full review

Review: Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy

User Review  - Stephen Cranney - Goodreads

Very interesting compendium of the research on a fascinating niche topic within the sociology of religion--specifically, how to do religious movements react when specific prophecies that they've relied on fail (mostly prophecies to do with the end of the world). Read full review

Contents

Unfulfilled Prophecies and Disappointed Messiahs
31
Prophecy Fails Again
55
When Prophecies Fail
87
The Effects of Prophetic Disconfirmation of the Committed
105
Prophecy Continues to Fail
119
Had Prophecy Failed?
159
How Do Movements Survive Failures of Prophecy?
175
It Separated the Wheat from the Chaff
191
Coping with Apocalypse in Canada
211
When Festinger Fails
233
When Prophecy Is Not Validated
251
Fifteen Years of Failed Prophecy
269
Sources
283
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

JON R. STONE, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and a university lecturer in the English Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bibliographic information