A round-up of new books in Apocalyptic and Millenarian Studies published during 2018.
Jason King discusses the use of biblical apocalypticism to address environmental themes in the popular US children's TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Sarah E. Rollens looks at the significance (or otherwise) of apocalyptic thought in Christian origins, the transmission of the earliest traditions about Jesus, and 'Q'.
Christina Petterson discusses apocalypticism among the Moravian Brethren and the ideas of Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760).
Sean Durbin looks at the world of American Christian Zionism and the pastor and televangelist, John Hagee
Damian Cyrocki provides an overview of the Mariavites and the use of the Bible in their claims about the kingdom of God.
In America, apocalyptic and millenarian language is most prominently found on the political and Christian right. While hardly absent from the English right, such language is more likely to be utilised on the left. Indeed, the English radical tradition has had a long history of apocalyptic and millenarian thinking, if by those problematic terms we mean the recurring assumptions about dramatic overhaul of society.
"Avant-garde art has long been considered a bastion of secularity, holding strong against the creeping return of religion in contemporary culture."
"He was to claim that after fourteen weeks of self-abasement, fasting and prayer the Lord came upon him in power, overwhelming his wisdom and understanding, smiting him dumb, blind and dead in the presence of hundreds of people."
"In an email several years ago, roboticist Hans Moravec wrote to me that he was too busy making the future happen to have time to talk about it..."
A link to Leila Johnston's blog posts.
"The 39 remaining members videotaped their goodbye messages before swallowing phenobarbital pills."