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The Remnant Faithful: A Case Study of Contemporary Apocalyptic Catholicism

Amy Luebbers

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 62, issue 2, pages 221-241
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
The Remnant Faithful: A Case Study of Contemporary Apocalyptic Catholicism

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This study examines the worldview of a small group of apocalyptic Catholics. Analysis of believers' testimonies suggests that the End Times is a mystification of cultural fundamentalism in response to the transgression of a “Catholic” worldview. This worldview is one in which God is most visible to believers within a traditionally structured society. The End Times reflects believers' fears of increasing political, social, and religious legitimacy of anti-traditionalism, and serves as the means through which the presence of God is to be reestablished in society. This paper outlines the core characteristics of these believers and examines the symbolic nature of God in the construction of their End Times worldview and apocalyptic Catholic identity.

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