When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture

Harvard University Press, 1 juil. 2009 - 488 pages
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Millions of Americans take the Bible at its word and turn to like-minded local ministers and TV preachers, periodicals and paperbacks for help in finding their place in God's prophetic plan for mankind. And yet, influential as this phenomenon is in the worldview of so many, the belief in biblical prophecy remains a popular mystery, largely unstudied and little understood. When Time Shall Be No More offers for the first time an in-depth look at the subtle, pervasive ways in which prophecy belief shapes contemporary American thought and culture. Belief in prophecy dates back to antiquity, and there Paul Boyer begins, seeking out the origins of this particular brand of faith in early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic writings, then tracing its development over time. Against this broad historical overview, the effect of prophecy belief on the events and themes of recent decades emerges in clear and striking detail. Nuclear war, the Soviet Union, Israel and the Middle East, the destiny of the United States, the rise of a computerized global economic order--Boyer shows how impressive feats of exegesis have incorporated all of these in the popular imagination in terms of the Bible's apocalyptic works. Reflecting finally on the tenacity of prophecy belief in our supposedly secular age, Boyer considers the direction such popular conviction might take--and the forms it might assume--in the post-Cold War era. The product of a four-year immersion in the literature and culture of prophecy belief, When Time Shall Be No More serves as a pathbreaking guide to this vast terra incognita of contemporary American popular thought-a thorough and thoroughly fascinating index to its sources, its implications, and its enduring appeal.

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When Time Shall Be No More is a fascinating history of eschatalogical / apocalyptic belief in the US. Numerous groups and movements over the last 200 years have had end-time beliefs, and Boyer writes ... Consulter l'avis complet

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"Forcing the end" is in eschatological circles widely considered to be bad form. This book tells why. The political aspect is especially unnerving. Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

The Hidden World of Prophecy Belief
The Genre and Its Early Interpreters
Origins of the Apocalyptic
Rhythms of Prophecy Belief
The Premillennial Strand
Key Themes after World War II
The Atomic Bomb and Nuclear War
Ezekiel as the First Cold Warrior
Antichrist 666 and the Mark of the Beast
The Enduring Apocalyptic Vision
The Continuing Appeal of Prophecy Belief
Apocalyptic Portents in a PostCold War World

The Final Chastisement of the Chosen
The United States in Prophecy

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À propos de l'auteur (2009)

Paul Boyer, Merle Curti Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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