Questioning the Millennium

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0609606107
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this new edition of Questioning the Millennium, best-selling author Stephen Jay Gould applies his wit and erudition to one of today's most pressing subjects: the significance of the millennium. In 1950 at age eight, prompted by an issue of Life magazine marking the century's midpoint, Stephen Jay Gould started thinking about the approaching turn of the millennium. In this beautiful inquiry into time and its milestones, he shares his interest and insights with his readers. Refreshingly reasoned and absorbing, the book asks and answers the three major questions that define the approaching calendrical event. First, what exactly is this concept of a millennium and how has its meaning shifted? How did the name for a future thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth get transferred to the passage of a secular period of a thousand years in current human history? When does the new millennium really begin: January 1, 2000, or January 1, 2001? (Although seemingly trivial, the debate over this issue tells an intriguing story about the cultural history of the twentieth century.) And why must our calendars be so complex, leading to our search for arbitrary regularity, including a fascination with millennia? This revised edition begins with a new and extensive preface on a key subject not treated in the original version. As always, Gould brings into his essays a wide range of compelling historical and scientific fact, including a brief history of millennial fevers, calendrical traditions, and idiosyncrasies from around the world; the story of a sixth-century monk whose errors in chronology plague us even today; and the heroism of a young autistic man who has developed the extraordinary ability to calculate dates deep into the past and the future. Ranging over a wide terrain of phenomena--from the arbitrary regularities of human calendars to the unpredictability of nature, from the vagaries of pop culture to the birth of Christ--Stephen Jay Gould holds up the mirror to our millennial passions to reveal our foibles, absurdities, and uniqueness--in other words, our humanity. From the Hardcover edition.

Faith in the Millennium

Author: Stanley E. Porter
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781841270920
Format: PDF, Mobi
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At the close of one millennium and the beginning of a new one, this conference volume reflects on the past and looks forward to a new era in terms of the development of faith. Although most of the papers in the volume address issues concerning Christian faith, the volume is not confined to such a perspective, since the concept of faith is treated here in an encompassing and broad manner. The historical perspective reaches back several millennia, addresses contemporary issues of economics and justice as they have a bearing on faith, and looks to the future as a new millennium presents its own problems and potential opportunities.

Christian Millenarianism

Author: Stephen Hunt
ISBN: 9781850654544
Format: PDF
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This volume examines the impact of Christian millenarian ideas from a comparative and historical perspective with a special emphasis upon contemporary religious movements inspired by such ideas. It covers the areas of theology, new religious movements and fundamentalism.

The third millennium

Author: David Walsh
Publisher: Georgetown Univ Pr
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Dedicated to Pope John Paul II and his recent essay "Fides et Ratio", this book looks at Y2K from the standpoint of Catholic theology. Attempting to cut through the more vapid and hysterical manifestations of millenarianism, Walsh (a scholar whose affiliations are not noted) insists on Christianity as the basis of Western civilization, especially its science and its concept of human rights.

How the Millennium Comes Violently

Author: Catherine Wessinger
Publisher: Seven Bridges PressLlc
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This is a survey of cult religious violence as associated with Jonestown, the Branch Davidians, Aum Shinriko, Montana Freemen, Solar Temple, Heaven's Gate and Chen Tao. The book presents case studies of contemporary millennial religions that either became violent, or had the potential for becoming violent. It sets out to reveal how outside pressures and internal forces affect the decision to use violence by new religious movements.

Hidden Millenium

Author: Stephen Koke
Publisher: Swedenborg Foundation Publishers
ISBN: 9780877853763
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Should we fear a cataclysmic end to the world, as may be predicted in the "Book of Revelation"? Or did Emanuel Swedenborg give all humanity hope that God, in his mercy, never intended such a horror? Stephen Koke reviews millenarian movements throughout the century and explains why the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, especially in his work "The Last Judgment," offer a more compelling and reasonable explanation to the "end of the world".

Cassette Books

Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Format: PDF
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