In the early years, Mormon eschatology, as will be seen, was clearly a form of chiliasm
or premillennialism, especially the apocalyptic kind.
However, unlike his predecessors, Augustine did not confront chiliasm
aligns with the rhetorical tradition's theory on preaching, as I explained it above, with the utopian mind envisioning a new society sprung suddenly from revealed truth.
Hence the importance of Book 1, where Taubes develops a general theory of apocalypticism, one which subsumes both late Israelite prophetic Messianism, Christian chiliasm
, Gnosticism, and even secularized philosophies of history (Lessing, Hegel and Marx).
The rejection of chiliasm
(Joachim of Flora, the idea that history will produce a Kingdom of God on earth) means that the Church repudiated the idea of a definitive intra-historical fulfillment, an inner, intrinsic perfectibility of history.
WE CANNOT IGNORE the chiliasm
, the apocalyptic beliefs, of the trekkers, even if it doesn't enter Uzbek legend.
Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1980), especially "The Chiliasm
of Despair" section in chap.
That Dostoevsky chooses a Catholic prelate to embody the secular chiliasm
of the nineteenth century emphasizes the peculiar equation that he made of socialism with Catholicism, both of which he detested as pernicious Western heresies, agencies of the Anti-Christ.
is not a pressing theological problem in our time, although, as a warrant for ideological violence, it has increasingly become a political problem.
His particular case in point was the Anabaptist movement, of particular interest to the sociologist, he claims, 'because in it Chiliasm
and the social revolution were structurally integrated'.
198 he observes that a realistic eschatology including chiliasm
, bodily resurrection, and the reign of the saints with Christ "was upheld by those Christians who formed the solid body of the church and contributed the majority of its martyrs," a statement that can be borne out by the sources.
22) Victor Terras uses other terms to describe the same process: "The Romantic perception of time," he writes, "is dominated by kairos rather than chronos," and the aesthetic result resembles "Christian and secular chiliasm
, mystic experience during which time has a stop.
Millenialism, pre-millenialism and post-millenialism, chiliasm
, the Messiah, the Mahdi, the Hidden Imam, the Rapture, the Great Satan, the battle of Armageddon--these are some of the terms of the discourse of apocalypticism, the belief, common to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, that God has revealed the imminent end of the struggle between good and evil in history.
Many elements have been avoided or even clearly rejected (Trinitarian ambiguities in the Apostolic Fathers, chiliasm
As Abdel Aziz Sachedina has noted in his Islamic Messianism, the antichrist motif is also present in Shi'ite chiliasm