Richard Landes

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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Literally, millennialism refers to the belief, expressed in the book of Revelation, that Christ will establish a one-thousand-year reign of the saints on earth before the Last Judgment. More broadly defined, millennialists expect a time of super-natural peace and abundance here on earth. This article surveys millenarian movements and outlines a typology for classifying such groups. The author sets his analysis of contemporary movements in the context of a broader analysis of historically prior movements and movements that have arisen in the so-called third world in response to the intrusion of colonial powers. The article concludes with a suggested agenda for future research.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; millenarian movements; Last Judgement; third world; colonial powers

Article.  11606 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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