A Doomsday Reader: Prophets, Predictors, and Hucksters of Salvation

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The approach of the year 2000 has made the study of apocalyptic movements trendy. But groups anticipating the end of the world will continue to predict Armageddon even after the calendar clicks to triple Os.

A Doomsday Reader brings together pronouncements, edicts, and scriptures written by prominent apocalyptic movements from a wide range of traditions and ideologies to offer an exceptional look into their belief systems.

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Overview

The approach of the year 2000 has made the study of apocalyptic movements trendy. But groups anticipating the end of the world will continue to predict Armageddon even after the calendar clicks to triple Os.

A Doomsday Reader brings together pronouncements, edicts, and scriptures written by prominent apocalyptic movements from a wide range of traditions and ideologies to offer an exceptional look into their belief systems.

Focused on attaining paradise, millenarianism often anticipates great, cosmic change. While most think of religious belief as motivating such fervor, Daniels' comparative approach encompasses secular movements such as environmentalism and the Montana Freemen, and argues that such groups are often more political than religious in nature.

The book includes documents from groups such as the Branch Davidians, the Order of the Solar Temple, Heaven's Gate, and white supremacists. Each document is preceded by a substantive introduction placing the movement and its beliefs in context.

This important overview of contemporary politics of the End will remain a valuable resource long after the year 2000 has come and gone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814719084
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Daniels is the editor and publisher of the Millennial Prophecy Report. He has been collecting prophetic material from more than 1200 print and electronic sources.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Millennialism in World Religions 19
Pt. I Enlightenment and Secular Millenarianism 53
2 Marxism 56
From The Communist Manifesto 58
3 Nazism: Adolf Hitler and Mein Kampf 64
From Mein Kampf 73
4 Environmentalism, Politics, and Progress 79
World Scientists' Warning to Humanity 86
Pt. II Millennial Evil 93
5 A Royalist Apocalypse: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion 99
From The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion 104
6 Myths of Power: Conspiracies, Revenge, and The Turner Diaries 108
From The Turner Diaries 113
7 The New World Order 119
Mission Statement of the Council on Foreign Relations 123
Pt. III Well-Known Contemporary Movements 127
8 The Branch Davidians 128
Chapter 1: The First Seal 138
9 The Order of the Solar Temple 144
Final Message to All Those Who Can Still Understand the Voice of Wisdom 150
10 Aum Shinri Kyo and the Politics of Terror 154
The World after the Final War 166
11 The Montana Freemen 171
Our De Jure County Government Pursuant to the Word of Almighty God 189
12 Comet Hale-Bopp, Planet Nibiru, the Mass Landing, and Heaven's Gate 199
Crew from the Evolutionary Level above Human Offers - Last Chance to Advance beyond Human 212
The End 224
Works Cited 235
Index 245
About the Author 253
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