Longing for the end : a history of millennialism in western civilization


Longing for the end : a history of millennialism in western civilization

Frederic J. Baumgartner

St. Martin's Press, 1999

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



ISBN 9780312210922


A history of millennialist thought analyzes the religious and philosophical threads behind the belief, that the world will end in the year 2000, identifying the role such thinking may have played in the Crusades and Marxism.

: pbk ISBN 9780312238346


Jonestown, Waco, and Heaven's Gate resonate in the contemporary mind in the same way that Masada or Mount Tabor resonated in the minds of others long past. The members of these movements believed that the end of the world was at hand and that they had to act through violence or suicide to ensure its occurrence. Frederic Baumgartner explores the long, often violent, history of millennialism as it has affected Western civilization. From ancient Zoroastrians to Concerned Christians of 1998, a belief in the imminent end of the world and the coming of the new age has motivated hundreds of sects and cults, some of which have burned out in an orgy of violence to become a permanent part of Western history.


Preface Glossary Introduction The Jesus Cult Early Christianity The First Millennium The Age of the Spirit: The High Middle Ages The Reformation Era: Don't Let Your Sword Get Cold! The Sickle of Divine Justice: The Puritan Revolution Millennialism in Colonial America The Millennium of Pure Reason The Burned-over District From Civil War to World War War and Rumors of War Antichrist has the Bomb! From Jonestown to Waco Bring on the Millennium! Notes Bibliography Index

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