If his biblically based apocalypticism
was just an excuse to stockpile arms, then Christianity remained a benign influence.
Although the macro-narrative themes and schema of Zoroastrian apocalypticism
are quite ancient, (32) the date of Jamasp-nama itself is quite elusive.
Where Donahue's apocalypticism
is dazzling, literary, and esoteric, Rehm's is sober and melancholic, expressing the anxieties of the Gospels themselves or the urgencies of Paul's letters with their sense that "the form of this world is passing away" (1 Corinthians 7:31):
a potential choice, or trap, for all Christians?
Judaism of the Second Temple Period, Volume 1: Qumran and Apocalypticism
Covering the origins of apocalypticism
from Hebrew prophecy through antiquity and early Christianity to its medieval revival in Joachim of Fiore, Taubes reveals its later secularized forms in Kant, Hegel, Marx, and Kierkegaard.
If incarnation, cross, and resurrection are allowed to modulate the symbol of the Second Coming, Christians may tap into the hope engendered by apocalypticism
while avoiding the dangers of denigrating creation, demonizing the other, and ending in despair.
Indeed, particular years or particular occasions could be important triggers for astrological reflection, as Sabine Schmolensky points out in her account of Johannes Wolff's Lectiones memorabiles, typical of a climate of nervous apocalypticism
at the century's turn in 1600.
html [last accessed 12/01/03] and "Modern Thought and Apocalypticism
," in The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism
, volume 3 (New York: Continuum, 1998), 325-359.
According to Paul Christianson and a number of other historians writing around the same time, such as Tai Liu, William Lamont, Katherine Firth, and Richard Bauckham, apocalypticism
existed from the earliest days of reformation in England and millenarianism was gaining respectability in the early years of the seventeenth century.
is an enduring way of interpreting the world because it fulfills certain important religious and psychological needs.
Since at least 1967, the Israeli government, and the Likud Party in particular, have encouraged the broader movement of Christian fundamentalist apocalypticism