Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem: Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements

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Thomas Robbins, Susan J. Palmer
Psychology Press, 1997 - Religion - 334 pages
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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.
  

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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
MlLLENNIALISM 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
CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTIONISM AND THE ANGRY RHETORIC
195

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About the author (1997)

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 We Trust (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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