Roosters and Owls

Richard Landes

in Heaven on Earth

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753598
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897445 | DOI:
Roosters and Owls

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This chapter explores the impact that of anapocalyptic belief in the imminence of the transformation from evil to perfect world, and that belief's inevitable disappointment. It traces the attitudes of both the roosters (apocalyptic prophets who crow about the new dawn) and owls (guardians of “normal time” who dismiss such warnings as foolish and dangerous). In the course of an apocalyptic moment, roles are reversed, in apocalyptictime, roosters take center stageand owls are marginalized; but after disappointment hits and the movement reenters “normal time,” the owls once again take the upper hand and write and preserve most accounts of the events.

Keywords: Apocalyptic curve; apocalyptic time; normal time; owls; roosters; prophets; disappointment; Chicken Little; Thiota; Augustine

Chapter.  12341 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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