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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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(p.117) 6 Millenarians
Waiting for Antichrist

Damian Thompson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the small number of textbook millenarians in the congregation — people who were confident that Jesus would return in their lifetimes. It presents the story of Maureen, a woman in her early sixties who not only provided a full account of how she was introduced to the concept of the End Times, but also claimed to have received an apocalyptic message from Jesus. Interview data are used to explore the social and psychological factors that might dispose a member of Kensington Temple to move beyond explanatory millenarianism to belief in an imminent parousia. It is shown that apocalyptic beliefs were influenced by conversion experiences, individual psychology, and degree of subcultural immersion.

Keywords:   millenarianism, End Times, conversion, parousia, apocalyptic belief

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