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"One needs a multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach by a variety of expert hands such as have been brought together in this book. . . . an indispensable resource . . . a truly fascinating read." —Bryan R. Wilson
This timely book examines the impact of Christian millenarian ideas in a comparative and historical perspective with a special emphasis upon contemporary religious movements inspired by such ideas, such as Japan's Aum Shinrikyuo and David Koresh's doomed Branch Dividians.

Author Biography: Stephen Hunt is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Reading, England.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253214911
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN HUNT is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Reading, England.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

The Co-Authors
Introduction 1
Sociological Dimensions of Christian Millenarianism 12
Whose Time is it Anyway? Evangelicals, the Millennium and Millenarianism 26
Europe as Antichrist: North American Pre-Millenarianism 39
The Rise, Fall and Return of Post-Millenarianism 50
Millenarian Thought in the First-Century Church 62
Millenarianism in the Reformation and English Revolution 77
Medieval Millenarianism and Prophecy 88
'Our Unspeakable Comfort': Irving, Albury, and the Origins of the Pre-tribulation Rapture 98
The Revolutionary Dimension of Millenarianism: The Case of the T'aiping Rebellion 116
The Heavenly Millennium of Seventh-Day Adventism 131
En Route to the Marian Kingdom: Catholic Apocalypticism and the Army of Mary 149
The Millenarianism of the Pentecostal Movement 166
A Peruvian Messiah and the Retreat from Apocalypse 187
'All I am is Religion': David Koresh's Christian Millenarianism 196
Peace, Persecution and preparations for Yahshua's Return: The Case of the Messianic Communities' Twelve Tribes 209
New Age Millenarianism and its Christian Influences 224
Violent Millenarianism with a Christian Touch: Syncretic Themes in the Millennial Perspective of Aum Shinrikyo 239
Index 255
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