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Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Millennialism  

James D. Tabor

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article focuses on ancient Jewish and early Christian millennialism, which are found to be intrinsically inconsistent—there are no specific pointers towards marking the end of time; ... More

Ancient Near Eastern Millennialism  

Robert Gnuse

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
Although there existed no real millennial text prior to late Jewish and early Christian texts, there exists an overabundance of resources that heavily draw on millennial texts. This ... More

Annihilationism  

Clark H. Pinnock

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
In Christian theology, annihilationism designates the views of those who hold that the finally impenitent wicked will cease to exist after (or soon after) the last judgment. Annihilation ... More

Avertive Apocalypticism  

Daniel Wojcik

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
The concept of avertive apocalypticism describes a wide range of beliefs that predict imminent worldly destruction and maintains that apocalypse may be averted or forestalled if believers ... More

Catastrophic Millennialism  

Eugene V. Gallagher

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
Catastrophic millennialism emanates from a deep pessimism towards society, history, and general humanity. This article develops an analysis of the basic descriptive vocabulary of ... More

Chinese Millennial Movements  

Scott Lowe

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
Class apathy and a selective process of record keeping created fertile grounds for uprise in China. This article throws light on two of the earliest millennialist movements in China, ... More

The Construction of Evil and the Violence of Purification  

David Frankfurter

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter explores the construction of evil and the strategies of violence in purification. Prurient fascination and righteous revulsion both recreate and repel each other, developing ... More

The End Is Nigh: Failed Prophecy, Apocalypticism, and The Rationalization of Violence in New Religious Eschatologies  

Christopher Partridge

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
In popular discourse, apocalypticism has been the feature most often associated with new religious movements. In the theologies of many of the prominent new religions, end-time discourse ... More

Environmental Millennialism  

Robin Globus and Bron Taylor

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article offers a description of the phenomenon of environmental millennialism. Environmentalism synthesises hard science and religion to formulate millennial themes. Although relevant ... More

Eschatology and Politics  

Stephen H. Webb

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
No theologian has done more to show the political significance of eschatology than Jürgen Moltmann. For Moltmann, the subject matter of all theology should be focused on hope, and ... More

Ethical Implications of the Holocaust  

Michael Berenbaum

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter examines the difficulties the Holocaust posed and continues to raise for Jews, Jewish theology, and specifically Jewish ethics, identifying eight major commitments made by ... More

European Millennialism  

Rebecca Moore

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article discusses three recurring themes that can be identified from the midst of global millennialism, namely Sacred time—the categorization of history into religiously relevant holy ... More

Fragile Millennial Communities and Violence  

John Walliss

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article focuses on the twin factors of millenialist predisposition towards violence and the crossover from a volatile disposition to the actual practice of violence. It reviews the ... More

Gender Roles, Sexuality, and Children in Millennial Movements  

Melissa M. Wilcox

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article deals with the issues of gender and sexuality in millennial movements. Patriarchy pervades across the spectrum, varieties range from reversal of normative gender based ... More

Hasan Al-Turabi  

Peter Woodward

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This article examines the Islamic ideology of Hasan al-Turabi. It charts the factors that influenced the evolution of his ideology and discusses his thoughts on issues such as the Islamic ... More

The Holocaust  

Saul Friedländer

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
Notwithstanding almost six decades of scholarship and a fast-swelling stream of publications, the historiography of the Holocaust still remains divided in its initial and traditional ... More

Millenarian Elements in the Hindu Religious Traditions  

Hugh B. Urban

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article deals with the temporal framework of Hindu religion, which consists of four yugas—Satya, Treta, Dwapar, and Kali. All four combined create a “manvantara”, after a thousand of ... More

Millennialism  

Timothy P. Weber

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Millennialism is the belief that there will be a period of peace and righteousness on the earth associated with the Second Coming of Christ. Millennialism has taken various forms and been ... More

Millennialism in the Caribbean  

Barry Chevannes

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
The Rastafari of Jamaica represents the main millennial force in the Caribbean, which derives its impetus from European racism. This article deals with the advent of the Rastafari movement ... More

Millennialism, Scripture, and Tradition  

Eugene V. Gallagher

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
Millennialism encourages interpretation of historical or religious scriptures. A need to establish relevance between ancient scriptures and contemporary situations, makes such ... More

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