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Introduction

Frank Graziano

in The Millennial New World

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780195124323
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195124324.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter defines the key terms millennial, millennialism, messianism, messiah, apocalypse, apocalyptic, and apocalypticism, then provides an overview of the attributes of millennial thought and action. The overview introduces such themes as messianic responses to social crisis, charisma, legitimacy, fragmentation and unification, ritual and symbolic violence, symbolic inversion, and polarization.

Keywords: millennial; millennialism; messianism; messiah; messianic; apocalypse; utopia; Revelation; crisis; charisma

Chapter.  6633 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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