Prophecy in the New Millennium : When Prophecies Persist

Edited by Harvey, Sarah; Edited by Newcombe, Suzanne

Secular and spiritual prophets of doom abound in the information-rich twenty-first century - as they have for millennia. But there has yet to be worldwide floods, meteor impact, global computer failure, obvious alien contact, or direct intervention from God to end the world as we know it. Considering the frequency with which prophecy apparently fails, why do prophecies continue to be made, and what social functions do they serve? This volume gives a concise, but comprehensive, overview of the rich diversity of prophecy, its role in major world religions as well as in new religions and alternative spiritualties, its social dynamics and its impact on individuals' lives. Academic analyses are complimented with contextualized primary source testimonies of those who live and have lived within a prophetic framework. The book argues that the key to understanding the more dramatic, apocalyptic and millenarian aspects of prophecy is in appreciating prophecy's more mundane manifestations and its role in providing meaning and motivation in everyday life.

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  • Contents: Introduction
  • From the extraordinary to the ordinary: an overview of prophecy, Suzanne Newcombe and Sarah Harvey
  • Part I Perspectives on Prophecy: Section introduction
  • Messages from beyond: prophecy in the contemporary world, Michael Barkin
  • Prophecy: social scientific perspectives and Lubavitch, Simon Dein
  • Prophecy on the margins: a case study of the Apocalypse in later 17th-century England, Warren Johnston
  • Prophecy: a perspective from the early Church and the contemporary experience of a Methodist minister, Andrew Maguire. Part II Perennial Prophecy in Mainstream traditions: Section introduction
  • The new Apostolic reformation: Main Street mystics and everyday prophets, Margaret Poloma and Matthew Lee
  • The Mahdi and the end-times in Islam, Hugh Beattie
  • The coming Golden Age: on prophecy in Hinduism, Luis Gonzalez-Reimann
  • Divination, prophecy and oracles in Tibetan Buddhism, Christopher Bell
  • Chasing the horizon: prophecy in secular contexts, Wendy M. Grossman. Part III Contemporary Case Studies: Section introduction
  • Living in the time of the end: a personal commentary from my experiences with the Children of God and The Family International, Abi Freeman May
  • Mormonism and The Family International: toward a theory of prophecy in the development of new religious movements, Gordon Shepherd and Gary Shepherd
  • The dispensation of providence: growing up as a blessed child in the Unification Church, Hani Zaccarelli
  • Waco: living prophecy, Livingstone Fagan
  • (Always) living in the end-times: the 'rolling prophecy' of the conspiracy milieu, David G. Robertson. Part IV 2012 Prophecies: Section introduction
  • From mushrooms to the stars: 2012 and the Apocalypse milieu, Andrew Fergus Wilson
  • Viral email and the 2012 Apocalypse contagion: seven reasons why the world won't end in 2012, Kristine Larsen
  • Remembering the future: 2012 as planetary transition, Suzanne Rough
  • 2012 and the revival of the New Age movement: the Mayan calendar and the cultic milieu in Switzerland, Jean-Francois Mayer. Conclusion: Looking into the future: why prophecies will persist, J. Gordon Melton
  • Index.

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書名 Prophecy in the New Millennium : When Prophecies Persist
著作者等 Newcombe, Suzanne
Harvey, Sarah
書名別名 When Prophecies Persist
シリーズ名 Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements
出版元 Ashgate Publishing Group (Digital)
刊行年月 2013.05.28
版表示 New ed
ページ数 260p
ISBN 9781472400611
言語 英語
出版国 イギリス