The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism

The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism

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Seventh-Day Adventists, Melanesian cargo cults, David Koresh's Branch Davidians, and the Raelian UFO religion would seem to have little in common. What these groups share, however, is a millennial orientation-the audacious human hope for a collective salvation, which may be either heavenly or earthly. While many religions feature a belief in personal salvation, millennial faiths involve the expectation that salvation will be accomplished for an entire group by a superhuman agent, with or without human collaboration. While the term "millennialism" is drawn from Christianity, it is a category that is used to study religious expressions in diverse cultures, religious traditions, and historical periods. Sometimes, as with the American Millerite movement, millennialism expresses itself benignly. Other times, as in the Branch Davidians' showdown with the FBI in Waco, these movements turn violent. This handbook will offer readers an in-depth look at both the theoretical underpinnings of the study of millennialism and its many manifestations across history and cultures. The book will begin with a section that lays out the four different types of millennialism and will then move on to examine millennialism in a wide variety of places and times, from ancient millennial movements to modern apocalyptic movements. This handbook will be a valuable resource for scholars of religious studies, sociology, psychology, history, and new religious movements.show more

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  • Hardback | 768 pages
  • 167.64 x 248.92 x 58.42mm | 1,428.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195301056
  • 9780195301052
  • 1,455,187

About Catherine Wessinger

Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University New Orleans.show more

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From the opening typologies (catastrophic, progressive, avertive, and nativist millenialisms) to each article's robust bibliography, this book by an impressive roster of scholars consistently delivers impeccable scholarship...This hefty tome is an indispensable reference. * CHOICE *show more

Table of contents

Contributors ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. Millennialism in Cross-Cultural Perspective ; Catherine Wessinger ; MILLENNIALISM: PRIMARY CATEGORIES AND HISTORIES ; 2. Catastrophic Millennialism: Expecting Cataclysmic Transition to a Collective Salvation ; Eugene V. Gallagher ; 3. Progressive Millennialism: Perfecting Society in the Millennial Future ; W. Michael Ashcraft ; 4. Avertive Apocalypticism: Using Spiritual Techniques to Prevent Worldly Catastrophe ; Daniel Wojcik ; 5. Nativist Millennialism: Responses to Invasion ; Jean E. Rosenfeld ; ISSUES RELATING TO MILLENNIALISM ; 6. Charismatic Leadership in Millennial Movements: Its Nature, Origins and Development ; Lorne L. Dawson ; 7. Reading the Signs: Millennialism, Scripture and Tradition ; Eugene V. Gallagher ; 8. Prophetic Failure in Millennial Movements ; Lorne L. Dawson ; 9. Gender Roles, Sexuality and Children in Millennial Movements ; Melissa M. Wilcox ; 10. Millennial Visions and Conflict with Society: Lessons from the Twelve Tribes, The Family International, and the Branch Davidians ; David G. Bromley and Catherine Wessinger ; 11. Millennialism and Violence: Fragile Millennial Communities ; John Walliss ; MILLENNIALISM IN CROSS-HISTORICAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE ; Nascent Monotheistic and Monotheistic Traditions ; 12. Ancient Near Eastern Millennialism ; Robert Gnuse ; 13. They Shall Reign with Him a Thousand Years: Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Millennialism ; James D. Tabor ; 14. Early Islamic and Classical Sunni and Shi'ite Apocalyptic Movements ; David Cook ; 15. European Millennialism from A to Zvi: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Apocalyptic Dialogue ; Rebecca Moore ; Asian Millennial Movements ; 16. Chinese Millennial Movements ; Scott Lowe ; 17. Millennialism in Korea ; Robert Pearson Flaherty ; 18. Japanese Millennial Movements ; Helen Hardacre ; 19. Millenarian Elements in the Hindu Religious Traditions ; Hugh B. Urban ; Millennialism in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific ; 20. Millennial and Apocalyptic Movements in Africa: From Neo-Traditionals to Neo- Pentecostals ; Rosalind I. J. Hackett ; 21. Millennialism in the Caribbean ; Barry Chevannes ; 22. Pacific Millennial Movements ; Garry W. Trompf ; Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-first-century Millennial Movements ; 23. Native American Geopolitical, Georestorative Movements ; Michelene Pesantubbee ; 24. Babi and Baha'i Millennialism ; Peter Smith and William P. Collins ; 25. "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand": Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century American Millennialisms ; Jon R. Stone ; 26. Christian Dispensationalism ; Glenn W. Shuck ; 27. National Socialist Millennialism ; David Redles ; 28. Modern Catholic Millennialism ; Massimo Introvigne ; 29. New Age Millennialism: Progressive and Catastrophic Visions of Global Transformation ; Phillip Charles Lucas ; 30. UFOs, ETs and the Millennial Imagination ; Robert Pearson Flaherty ; 31. Dreams Wrapped in Nightmares: Millennium, Apocalypse and American Popular Culture ; Douglas E. Cowan ; 32. Environmental Millennialism ; Robin Globus and Bron Taylor ; Millennialism and Contemporary National and International Conflicts ; 33. Millennialism on the Radical Right in America ; Michael Barkun ; 34. Radical Movements in Contemporary Judaism in Israel: From Progressive to Catastrophic Millennialism ; Yaakov Ariel ; 35. Millennialism and Radical Islamist Movements ; Jeffrey T. Kenney ; 36. Millennial Glossary ; Compiled by Catherine Wessinger ; 37. Index of Millennial Groups and Movements ; Indexshow more

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