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Waiting for AntichristCharisma and Apocalypse in a Pentecostal Church$
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Damian Thompson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178564.001.0001

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The Problem of the End

The Problem of the End

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(p.13) 2 The Problem of the End
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Waiting for Antichrist
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Damian Thompson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178564.003.0002

This chapter begins with an introduction of the sociological concepts underlying this study. It suggests that people make rational choices about religion, weighing costs and benefits: they seek to avoid conflicts between belief and reality; they work on ideas until they make sense; and they are influenced by the degree of social support available for a particular belief. The second half of the chapter applies these ideas to millenarianism. Finally, it examines the association of apocalyptic belief with a broader corpus of deviant ideas, the “cultic milieu”.

Keywords:   millenarianism, apocalyptic belief, religion, belief, reality

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