Morris hadn't a clue about his subject, Reagan's conservative philosophy, or even his motivations, so, in the school of magical realism that is country cousin to modern ideologies like communism, socialism, and modern millennialism
of Podhoretz, Kristol, and Lowry, Morns invented a fictional Dutch to carry the storyline to its bittersweet conclusion.
The notion of millennialism
is derived from the concept "millennium", which in the Christian religious tradition indicates
Many scholars and theologians--Christian and otherwise--shrug off millennialism
as a fading star.
The upper strata of Jewish society internalized the excitement of empire and expansion, an awareness of the revolutionary import of technological innovation and of the quickening gears of industry--a heady mix of millennialism
and Victorian utopianism.
Indeed, if we are to take Hitchens at his word, his new book was written to combat the resurgence of superstition and religious fanaticism exemplified by the rise of Islamic jihadism--and also to some extent by Christian evangelicalism, Jewish millennialism
, and Hindu fundamentalism.
Confined as it was to North America and serene in its contemplation of the future, the vision seemed to him too limited in scope for the universal-ism characteristic of millennialism
and too calm to correspond to anything in the dramatic Book of Revelation.
This important association emphasizes the influence of both the prophetic tradition and millennialism
on Bellamy, a point that has been well-documented by scholars.
Emma Major's "The Politics of Sociability: Public Dimensions of the Bluestocking Millennium" further roots Bluestocking identity in the framework of English patriotism by arguing that the Bluestockings' millennialism
inextricably tied patriotic duty to Anglicanism.
An example is Howard's work on dispensationalist discourse in evangelical online groups focused around discussions of millennialism
and "the end times.
Having secularized Christian perfectionism and millennialism
, we have assumed that we know the end of history; and that this is America, which is the immantization of the Christian idea of perfection.
This heady brew of utopianism and millennialism
appears and disappears throughout the long history of Christianity, resulting in periodic bursts of religious enthusiasm and social experimentation.
Gribben, like many others before him, examines, the apocalyptic notions that infused the writings of these figures, but unlike his predecessors, he is more careful with defining and delineating forms of apocalypticism, and specifically millennialism
in its a-, post-, and pre- varieties -- in other words, and respectively: belief in no future millennium, belief in a millennium to come with Christ appearing at the beginning, or belief in a millennium perhaps already in existe nce, with Christ appearing at the end (16).