The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism by Catherine WessingerThe Oxford Handbook of Millennialism by Catherine Wessinger

The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism

EditorCatherine Wessinger

Paperback | July 15, 2016

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Christian Dispensationalism, the Taiping Revolution, cargo cults in Oceania, the Baha'i Faith, and the Raelian Movement would seem to have little in common. What they share, however, is a millennial orientation - the audacious human hope for a collective salvation, which may be heavenly orearthly or both. Although many religions feature a belief in personal salvation, millennial faiths are characterized by the expectation that salvation will be accomplished for an entire group by a superhuman agent, with or without human collaboration. The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism offersreaders an in-depth look at both the theoretical underpinnings of the study of millennialism and its many manifestations across history and cultures.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, millennial expectations are expressed in peaceful ways. Other times, millennialists become involved inviolence. The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism begins with a section that examines four primary types of millennialism. Chapters in the next section examine key issues such as charismatic leadership, use of scripture, prophetic failure, gender roles, children, tension with society, and violence. The rest ofthe book explores millennialism in a wide variety of places and times, from ancient Near Eastern movements to contemporary apocalyptic and new age movements, including the roles played by millennialism in national and international conflicts. This handbook will be a valuable resource for scholars ofreligious studies, sociology, psychology, history, and new religious movements.
Catherine Wessinger is Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J., Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University New Orleans.
Title:The Oxford Handbook of MillennialismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190611944

ISBN - 13:9780190611941

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"...[A]ny scholar of millennialism worth his or her salt should have this on the shelf." --Nova Religio