Doomsday Delusions: What's Wrong with Predictions about the End of the World

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Doomsday prophecy is on the rise. With the year 2000 upon us, we hear more and more predictions of the end - whether from well-meaning Bible believers or from self-appointed cult leaders. What will happen if unwary believers get caught up in a false millennial fever? How can we prepare to face the challenges of end-of-the-world predictions? What can we do to maintain our hope in the return of Christ without succumbing to doomsday delusions? Marvin Pate and Calvin Haines dispel the myths of many popular doomsday ...
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Overview

Doomsday prophecy is on the rise. With the year 2000 upon us, we hear more and more predictions of the end - whether from well-meaning Bible believers or from self-appointed cult leaders. What will happen if unwary believers get caught up in a false millennial fever? How can we prepare to face the challenges of end-of-the-world predictions? What can we do to maintain our hope in the return of Christ without succumbing to doomsday delusions? Marvin Pate and Calvin Haines dispel the myths of many popular doomsday prophets, showing how they misinterpret and misapply the Bible. They then examine the social and psychological consequences of the doomsday mentality and offer a constructive view of how the expectation of the Lord's return should affect our lives today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780830816217
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Preface 9
1 When Prophecy Fails: Doomsday Preaching & the Question of Interpretation 15
2 The Signs of the Times: Doomsday Prophecy & Theological Balance 34
3 This Generation Will Not Pass Away: Doomsday Prophecy & the Key Biblical Texts 58
4 The Separation of the Saints: The Doomsday Mentality & the Danger of Sectarianism 80
5 Thy Kingdom Did Not Come: The Doomsday Mentality & Cognitive Dissonance 112
Conclusion: Living in the Light of the Second Coming 148
Notes 156
Bibliography 176
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