A Doomsday Reader: Prophets, Predictors, and Hucksters of by Ted Daniels

By Ted Daniels

The method of the 12 months 2000 has made the examine of apocalyptic pursuits fashionable. yet teams awaiting the tip of the area will proceed to foretell Armageddon even after the calendar clicks to triple 0s.

A Doomsday Reader brings jointly pronouncements, edicts, and scriptures written by way of trendy apocalyptic events from quite a lot of traditions and ideologies to supply a superb investigate their trust systems.

Focused on achieving paradise, millenarianism usually anticipates nice, cosmic swap. whereas so much give some thought to spiritual trust as motivating such fervor, Daniels' comparative procedure encompasses secular hobbies resembling environmentalism and the Montana Freemen, and argues that such teams are frequently extra political than non secular in nature.

The booklet contains records from teams akin to the department Davidians, the Order of the sunlight Temple, Heaven's Gate, and white supremacists. every one rfile is preceded by means of a sizeable advent putting the stream and its ideals in context.

This vital review of latest politics of the top will stay a helpful source lengthy after the yr 2000 has come and gone.

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Certainly both movements denied in their own writings any religious element in their doctrines or programs. However, it seems that every secular millennium needs a replacement for God to legitimize its project. There must be some unquestionable prime principle whose force is taken for granted. In all the secular cases examined in this book, that principle is natural law, however it is defined. e. According to Islam, Muhammad was the last of God’s prophets, among whom are Adam, Noah, and Jesus, among others.

It was only at Jesus’ Second Coming to his disciples on the first Easter (1 Cor. ) that he announced the doctrine of the resurrection. It is not at all clear that Jesus actually claimed to be the messiah. However, his followers certainly gave him the title (“Christos,” hence Christ, in 36 • MILLENNIALISM IN WORLD RELIGIONS • Greek) and the authors of the gospels traced his ancestry back to David to try to legitimize that claim. In the gospels Jesus calls himself “Son of Man,” which carries equally heavy eschatological portent but clearly is not a messianic alias.

The Spirituals, as they were called, promoted ideas they attributed to their founder, the Abbott Joachim of Fiore (c. 1130–c. 1201). The chief element in his doctrine was a third dispensation, that is, a new covenant between God and his people. There had already been one dispensation of God and another of Jesus; the third would be a millennial age of the Holy Spirit, inaugurated by the Spirituals, when everyone would become perfected monks and the world a domain of purity and contemplation. It is ironic that this idea seems to have influenced Hegel’s theory of the dialectic of history, and thus the great atheist Marx.

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