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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

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

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

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

Mimetic Theories of Religion and Violence  

Wolfgang Palaver

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter concentrates on the mimetic theory of Rene Girard in evaluating foundational myths of violence. It shows Girard's notion of the scapegoating mechanism, whereby a substitute ... More

Religion and Scarcity: A New Theory for the Role of Religion in Violence  

Hector Avalos

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter demonstrates the viability of a new theory for the role of religion in violence by applying it to cases ranging from the ancient to the modern world, and in the three ... More

The Religious Problem of Evil  

James Aho

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter provides some of the answers as to how evil is experienced and why it exists. Evil explodes into the everyday world unasked and unwelcome, and has little underlying meaning ... More

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