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From Biblical times to today, come and take a deeper look at the historical and cultural effects of the idea of “the End of the World,” and learn how the history of “apocalypticism” has shaped present day cults, conspiracy theories, politicians, and beliefs.
Both in the Old and New Testament the image of the End of Time (the Apocalypse, the Millenium) has influenced world history and culture…sometimes in good ways and sometimes in bad. In this course, we will examine the historical and cultural effects of the idea of the End of the World from Biblical times to the present day. Indeed, the idea of an imminent “millennium” is one of the most influential forces in today’s political struggles. Our goal is to have a better understanding of how the history of “apocalypticism” has shaped present day cults, conspiracy theories, politicians, and beliefs.
What is the End of the Age? Old and New Testament Visions of the Apocalypse.
The Expectation of the Second Coming in the Middle Ages.
The Modern Millennium – The Cattle Killings
The Modern Millennium – The Millerites and Others
“Apocalypse Now” – Right Now! Present Day Cults, Sects and Conspiracy Theories inspired by the End of the World
Course materials: A History of the End of the World by Jonathan Kirsch. ISBN-10 : 0061349879 / ISBN-13 : 978-0061349874 (https://amzn.to/2Ne9J81)
Homework: Plan on about an hour’s worth of reading or research outside of class each week. We will have frequent quizzes and a final essay as well.