Prophecy in the New Millennium: When Prophecies Persist

Author:   Suzanne Newcombe ,  Sarah Harvey ,  Professor Eileen Barker
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Edition:   New edition
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9781409449959


Pages:   312
Publication Date:   22 April 2013
Format:   Hardback
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Prophecy in the New Millennium: When Prophecies Persist


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Secular and spiritual prophets of doom abound in the information-rich twenty-first century - as they have for millennia. But there has yet to be worldwide floods, meteor impact, global computer failure, obvious alien contact, or direct intervention from God to end the world as we know it. Considering the frequency with which prophecy apparently fails, why do prophecies continue to be made, and what social functions do they serve? This volume gives a concise, but comprehensive, overview of the rich diversity of prophecy, its role in major world religions as well as in new religions and alternative spiritualties, its social dynamics and its impact on individuals' lives. Academic analyses are complimented with contextualized primary source testimonies of those who live and have lived within a prophetic framework. The book argues that the key to understanding the more dramatic, apocalyptic and millenarian aspects of prophecy is in appreciating prophecy's more mundane manifestations and its role in providing meaning and motivation in everyday life.

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Author:   Suzanne Newcombe ,  Sarah Harvey ,  Professor Eileen Barker
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Ashgate Publishing Limited
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781409449959


ISBN 10:   1409449955
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   22 April 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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'This is a rich text full of significant insights for both new comers to the field of study and established experts. Uniquely combining the views of scholars and participants in prophetic movements, the essays in this volume make important contributions to our theoretical and empirical grasp of why and how prophecies generate, sustain, and sometimes strain religious movements, ranging from the lengthy legacy of Christian apocalypticism to the recent preoccupation with the Mayan 2012 prophecy and many other contemporary revelations. 'Lorne Dawson, University of Waterloo, Canada'Seasoned scholars are joined by new researchers in this rich and lively collection. Coverage is broad and comparative, chapters are written in an accessible yet scholarly style, and a sure editorial hand is evident throughout. The volume as a whole makes a persuasive case for restoring prophecy to a central place within the comparative study of religion.'Steven J. Sutcliffe, University of Edinburgh, UK


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Sarah Harvey, MSc is a Research Officer at Inform where she has worked since 2001. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Manchester in Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Social Research Methods (Sociology). She is also currently a PhD student at the University of Kent researching the natural childbirth movement. At Inform, her research focuses on Pagan religions, new Christian movements, the 'new age' milieu and 2012 prophecies. She has recently guest edited a special issue of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies. Dr. Suzanne Newcombe is a Research Officer at Inform where she has worked since 2002. She is also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University in the East of England and has lectured in the field of new and alternative religious movements at Kingston University. Her PhD research at the University of Cambridge explored the popularization and development of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine in Britain. She continues to be active in research networks in this area and has published articles in the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Religion Compass and Asian Medicine, as well as contributing chapters to a number of edited books. Suzanne Newcombe, Sarah Harvey, Michael Barkin, Simon Dein, Warren Johnston, Andrew Maguire, Margaret M. Poloma, Matthew T. Lee, Luis Gonzalez-Reimann, Christopher Bell, Wendy M. Grossman, Abi Freeman May, Gordon Shepherd, Gary Shepherd, Hani Zaccarelli, Livingstone Fagan, David G. Robertson, Andrew Fergus Wilson, Kristine Larsen, Suzanne Rough, Jean-Francois Mayer, J. Gordon Melton.

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