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Scoring in Heaven

John Casey

in After Lives

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195092950
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199869732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0018
Scoring in Heaven

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This chapter explores the gap that opened up in the twentieth century between theologians and popular religion. It looks at the confident beliefs about the future life of Mormons; the optimism of the “American Way of Death” as expressed in the memorial park movement, culminating in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. But it also looks at the Rapture believers, and beliefs of some evangelical Christians about Armageddon, the final triumph of Christianity, and the end of the world. Finally it explores modern Muslim apocalypticists, with their corresponding expectation of the Dajjal (Antichrist) and final triumph of Islam. It ends with the beliefs in the Second Coming and Antichrist of the ancient Coptic Church of Egypt.

Keywords: Mormons; American Way of Death; Forest Lawn; Evelyn Waugh; Rapture; Armageddon; Antichrist; Muslim apocalypticists; Copts; Second Coming

Chapter.  8435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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