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Expecting the End
Millennialism in Social and Historical Context

Edited by Kenneth G. C. Newport and Crawford Gribben

Expecting the End
Paperback, 329 pages $34.95
Published: 1st November 2006
ISBN: 9781932792386
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Religious Studies, All Sociology, Sociology of Religion

Jesus' promise that “the end” draws near has spawned an expectation of that grand event across various religious groups. This volume examines the abiding social issues that surround the continued presence of apocalyptic anticipation by setting them in historical, present-day, and future manifestations. Approaching this fervent expectation from a broad perspective, Gribben and Newport explore the contemporary movements with insightful analysis that provokes discussion and even self-reflection.


1. Millenarianism and the Dynamics of Apocalyptic Time
Richard Landes

2. Millenarianism and Violence in the Contemporary World
John Walliss

3. The Eschatology of Heaven’s Gate
Christopher Partridge

4. Millennialism in Contemporary Israeli Politics
Brenda E. Brasher

5. Millennialism, Ecumenism, and Fundamentalis
Andrew Pierce

6. The Liberal Antichrist—Left Behind in America
Darryl Jones

7. After Left Behind and the Paradox of Evangelical Pessimism
Crawford Gribben

8. The Davidian Seventh-day Adventists and Millennial Expectation, 1959–2004
Kenneth G. C. Newport

9. The Branch Davidians and Religion Reporting
Catherine Wessinger

10. Tensions in Dispensational Eschatology
Mark S. Sweetnam

11. Forty Years of Millenarian Thought in the Charismatic Movement
Stephen J. Hunt

12. Southcottian Sects from 1790 to the Present Day
Gordon Allan

13. The Future of Millennial Expectation
Crawford Gribben



Notes on Contributors


Recommended. Academic and public libraries; upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers, and general readers.


This is a difficult book to put down, but it’s well worth picking up.

—Eileen Barker, London School of Economics

Kenneth Newport (Ph.D. Oxford) is Professor of Christian Thought at Liverpool Hope University. Crawford Gribben (Ph.D. Strathclyde) is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 329 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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