Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy

Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy

by Jon R. Stone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415923301

ISBN-13: 9780415923309

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The expectation of an end to time and the yearning for a millennial paradise have been recurring themes in Western religious thought. But when we speak of "expectation" of the world's end we are mindful of the fact that generation after generation of millenarians have been disappointed. Their endtime hopes and prophecies have not come true. What happens, one might ask

Overview

The expectation of an end to time and the yearning for a millennial paradise have been recurring themes in Western religious thought. But when we speak of "expectation" of the world's end we are mindful of the fact that generation after generation of millenarians have been disappointed. Their endtime hopes and prophecies have not come true. What happens, one might ask, when prophecies fail? Does failure spell the end of the very movements that embrace such expectations?

This volume gathers together classic essays addressing the intriguing question first raised by Leon Festinger in his 1956 work When Prophecy Fails. Assembling both sociological and psychological perspectives on a striking theme in religious history, Expecting Armageddon brings together forty years of work on how belief in prophecy survives even when prophecies fail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415923309
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
1Unfulfilled Prophecies and Disappointed Messiahs31
2Prophecy Fails Again: A Report of a Failure to Replicate55
3Prophetic Failure and Chiliastic Identity: The Case of Jehovah's Witnesses65
4When Prophecies Fail: A Theoretical Perspective on the Comparative Evidence87
5The Effects of Prophetic Disconfirmation of the Committed105
6Prophecy Continues to Fail: A Japanese Sect119
7When the Bombs Drop: Reactions to Disconfirmed Prophecy in a Millennial Sect129
8Spiritualization and Reaffirmation: What Really Happens when Prophecy Fails145
9Had Prophecy Failed?: Contrasting Perspectives of the Millerites and Shakers159
10How Do Movements Survive Failures of Prophecy?175
11"It Separated the Wheat from the Chaff": The "1975" Prophecy and Its Impact among Dutch Jehovah's Witnesses191
12Coping with Apocalypse in Canada: Experiences of Endtime in La Mission de l'Esprit Saint and the Institute of Applied Metaphysics211
13When Festinger Fails: Prophecy and the Watchtower233
14When Prophecy Is Not Validated: Explaining the Unexpected in a Messianic Campaign251
15Fifteen Years of Failed Prophecy: Coping with Cognitive Dissonance in a Baha'i Sect269
Sources283

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