- List of Contributors
- What Is Apocalyptic Literature?
- Apocalyptic Prophecy
- The Inheritance of Prophecy in Apocalypse
- Wisdom and Apocalypticism
- Scriptural Interpretation in Early Jewish Apocalypses
- Apocalyptic Literature and the Study of Early Jewish Mysticism
- Dreams and Visions in Early Jewish and Early Christian Apocalypses and Apocalypticism
- Social-Scientific Approaches to Apocalyptic Literature
- Jewish Apocalyptic Literature as Resistance Literature
- Apocalypse and Empire
- A Postcolonial Reading of Apocalyptic Literature
- The Rhetoric of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
- Early Christian Apocalyptic Rhetoric
- Deconstructing Apocalyptic Literalist Allegory
- Apocalyptic Determinism
- Apocalyptic Dualism
- Apocalyptic Ethics and Behavior
- Apocalypse and Torah in Ancient Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Christian Origins
- Descents to Hell and Ascents to Heaven in Apocalyptic Literature
- Apocalypses among Gnostics and Manichaeans
- The Imagined World of the Apocalypses
- Messianism as a Political Power in Contemporary Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Radicalism
- Apocalypse and Violence
- Apocalypticism in Contemporary Christianity
- Apocalypse and Trauma
- Apocalypticism and Popular Culture
- Scriptural and Ancient Texts
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Apocalyptic culture in contemporary American encompasses a wide range of ideologies and preoccupations, from UFOs and comets to messiahs, Marian cults, and Mayan calendars. The story of Jesus Christ’s return to earth, which is a part of Christianity, has been central to American apocalypticism. The most common form of Christian apocalypticism in contemporary America is “dispensational premillennialism.” This chapter examines apocalypticism in contemporary Christianity in America. It first discusses the concept of dispensational premillennialism before turning to apocalyptic determinism. It then considers the structure of an apocalyptic worldview, prophecy belief as a lens through which the world is read, the role of mass media in communicating and disseminating apocalypticism, the promotion and protection of the “interests of Israel” on the world stage, and the complexities of Christian Zionism’s orientation to Israel.
Amy Frykholm is Associate Editor of The Christian Century. Her books include Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America.
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