Synopses & Reviews
Jonestown, Waco, and Heaven's Gate resonate in the contemporary mind in the same way that Masada or Mount Tabor resonated in the minds of others long past. The members of these movements believed that the end of the world was at hand and that they had to act through violence or suicide to ensure its occurrence. Frederic Baumgartner explores the long, often violent, history of millennialism as it has affected Western civilization. From ancient Zoroastrians to Concerned Christians of 1998, a belief in the imminent end of the world and the coming of the new age has motivated hundreds of sects and cults, some of which have burned out in an orgy of violence to become a permanent part of Western history.
A lucid and readable survey of the many varieties and permutations of millennialism in Western thought. Paul Boyer, Author of When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture
From ancient Zoroastrians to Concerned Christians of 1998, a belief in the imminent end of the world and the coming of the new age has motivated hundreds of sects and cults, some of which have burned out in an orgy of violence. In this text, Professor Baumgartner explores their history.
A history of millennialism in Western civilization.
About the Author
Frederic J. Baumgartner
is Professor of History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg. He is the author of many books including Louis XII
and France in the Sixteenth Century
Table of Contents
Introduction * The Jesus Cult * Early Christianity * The First Millennium * The Age of the Spirit: The High Middle Ages * The Reformation Era * The Sickle of Divine Justice: The Puritan Revolution * Millennialism in Colonial America * The Millennium of Pure Reason * The Burned-over District * From Civil War to World War * War and Rumors of War * Antichrist Has the Bomb! * From Jonestown to Waco * Bring on the Millennium!