Christian Millenarianism: From the Early Church to Waco

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"[To grasp this subject] one needs a multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach by a variety of expert hands such as have been brought together in this book. Here one has the whole argument, from the inter-Testamental and earliest Christian periods through medieval and early modern times up to the complex overlaps with the New Age, or Pentecostalism and Neo-Pentecostalism, or Judaising movements like the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Peruvian ‘Israelites.’" —from the Foreword by David Martin

"Students with a serious interest in the manifestations of millennialism, and those concerned with the origins and motivations embraced by revolutionary ideologies will find this book an indispensable resource;... for laymen it offers 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 on contemporary religious movements inspired by such ideas. The contributors are Andrew Bradstock, Eugene Gallagher, Malcolm B. Hamilton, Massimo Introvigne, Orestis Lindermeyer, Kenneth Newport, Susan J. Palmer, Mark Patterson, Martyn Percy, Margaret Poloma, Stanley E. Porter, Ian Reader, Damian Thompson, Andrew Walker, Diane Watt, and Michael York.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253340139
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (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


Part I. Sociological Aspects
Sociological Dimensions of Christian Millenarianism/ Malcolm B. Hamilton
Whose Time is it Anyway? Evangelicals, the Millennium and Millenarianism/ Martyn Percy
Europe as Antichrist: North American Pre-Millenarianism/ Orestis Lindermayer
The Rise, Fall, and Return of Post-Millenarianism/ Stephen Hunt

Part II. Historical Dimensions
Millenarian thought in the First-Century Church/ Stanley E. Porter
Millenarianism in the Reformation and English Revolution/ Andrew Bradstock
Medieval Millenarianism and Prophecy/ Diane Watt
"Our Unspeakable Comfort": Irving, Albury, and the Origins of the Pretribulation Rapture/ Mark Patterson and Andrew Walker

Part III. Global Movements
The Revolutionary Dimension of Millenarianism: The Case of the T’aiping Rebellion/ Stephen Hunt
The Heavenly Millennium of Seventh-Day Adventism/ Kenneth Newport
En Route to the Marian Kingdom: Catholic Apocalypticism and the Army of Mary/ Massimo Introvigne
The Millenarianism of the Pentecostal Movement/ Margaret Poloma
A Peruvian Messiah and the Retreat from the Apocalyse/ Damian Thompson

Part IV. Syncretic and Cultist Forms
"All I am is Religion": David Koresh’s Christian Millenarianism/ Eugene Gallagher
Peace, Persecution and Preparations for Yahshua’s Return: The Case of the Messianic Communities’ Twelve Tribes/ Susan J. Palmer
New Age Millenarianism and its Christian Influences/ Michael York
Violent Millenarianism with a Christian Touch: Syncretic Themes in the Millennial Perspective of Aum Shinrikyo/ Ian Reader

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