By Ted Daniels
The method of the yr 2000 has made the learn of apocalyptic pursuits stylish. yet teams looking ahead to the top of the realm will proceed to foretell Armageddon even after the calendar clicks to triple 0s.
A Doomsday Reader brings jointly pronouncements, edicts, and scriptures written by means of trendy apocalyptic pursuits from quite a lot of traditions and ideologies to supply an excellent investigate their trust systems.
Focused on reaching paradise, millenarianism usually anticipates nice, cosmic swap. whereas so much contemplate spiritual trust as motivating such fervor, Daniels' comparative procedure encompasses secular routine comparable to environmentalism and the Montana Freemen, and argues that such teams are usually extra political than spiritual in nature.
The ebook comprises records from teams akin to the department Davidians, the Order of the sun Temple, Heaven's Gate, and white supremacists. each one rfile is preceded via a substantial creation putting the circulation and its ideals in context.
This very important review of latest politics of the top will stay a priceless source lengthy after the yr 2000 has come and gone.
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None, apparently, returned to orthodoxy. A few Frankists retained their identity in secret as late as the end of the nineteenth century. Early Christianity Christianity began as a messianic movement. Its primary message to the world was that God’s anointed king had arrived. When he was arrested and executed, this claim became difficult to sustain. The prophecies on which the first Christians had relied to support their claims before the crucifixion were unanimous: The messiah’s career would be one of unalloyed triumph until he ruled the Jews.
These new revelations were to be revealed only to believers, if only because of their subversive nature. Unlike earlier prophecies, apocalypses present a determinate future, one that human action cannot change. It is already written in a heavenly book. The events they describe are also quite different from those foretold in classical prophecy. Apocalypse tells of final judgment and an afterlife in which 30 • MILLENNIALISM IN WORLD RELIGIONS • the living and the resurrected dead will get what they deserve: eternal punishment or everlasting bliss.
Each human carries a bit of divine illumination, which can be increased through the acquisition of knowledge. Salvation from the world is essentially individual, but there is a Gnostic eschatology as well, for the ultimate liberation is death. Gnostic thought includes concepts of hell for unbelievers and sinners and the notion that the attainment of knowledge amounts to a resurrection. In Gnosticism time is linear, and follows an inevitable process to its ultimate conclusion. This process is helped along by the successive return of particles of light to the godhead, until the conditions of origin are once again attained.
A Doomsday Reader: Prophets, Predictors, and Hucksters of Salvation by Ted Daniels