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

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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
xv
The Genre and Its Early Interpreters
17
Origins of the Apocalyptic
19
Rhythms of Prophecy Belief
44
The Premillennial Strand
78
Key Themes after World War II
111
The Atomic Bomb and Nuclear War
113
Ezekiel as the First Cold Warrior
150
Antichrist 666 and the Mark of the Beast
252
The Enduring Apocalyptic Vision
289
The Continuing Appeal of Prophecy Belief
291
Apocalyptic Portents in a PostCold War World
323
NOTES
339
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
443
CREDITS
447
INDEX
449

The Final Chastisement of the Chosen
179
The United States in Prophecy
223

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Page 40 - And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come ; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Page 329 - And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, And the dust thereof into brimstone, And the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day ; The smoke thereof shall go up for ever: From generation to generation it shall lie waste ; None shall pass through it for ever and ever.
Page 42 - And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Page 30 - And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people : and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time : and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Page 35 - So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Page 40 - And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city ! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Page 94 - Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.
Page 39 - And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire ; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying; Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine-press of the wrath of God.
Page 47 - For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

À propos de l'auteur (2009)

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

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