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Expecting the End
Millennialism in Social and Historical Context
Edited by Kenneth G. C. Newport and Crawford Gribben
Jesus' promise that “the end” draws near has spawned an expectation of that grand event across various religious groups. This volume examines the abiding social issues that surround the continued presence of apocalyptic anticipation by setting them in historical, present-day, and future manifestations. Approaching this fervent expectation from a broad perspective, Gribben and Newport explore the contemporary movements with insightful analysis that provokes discussion and even self-reflection.
1. Millenarianism and the Dynamics of Apocalyptic Time
2. Millenarianism and Violence in the Contemporary World
3. The Eschatology of Heaven’s Gate
4. Millennialism in Contemporary Israeli Politics
Brenda E. Brasher
5. Millennialism, Ecumenism, and Fundamentalis
6. The Liberal Antichrist—Left Behind in America
7. After Left Behind and the Paradox of Evangelical Pessimism
8. The Davidian Seventh-day Adventists and Millennial Expectation, 1959–2004
Kenneth G. C. Newport
9. The Branch Davidians and Religion Reporting
10. Tensions in Dispensational Eschatology
Mark S. Sweetnam
11. Forty Years of Millenarian Thought in the Charismatic Movement
Stephen J. Hunt
12. Southcottian Sects from 1790 to the Present Day
13. The Future of Millennial Expectation
Notes on Contributors
Recommended. Academic and public libraries; upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers, and general readers.
This is a difficult book to put down, but it’s well worth picking up.
—Eileen Barker, London School of Economics
Kenneth Newport (Ph.D. Oxford) is Professor of Christian Thought at Liverpool Hope University. Crawford Gribben (Ph.D. Strathclyde) is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester.