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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 Year 2000

The Year 2000

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(p.143) 7 The Year 2000
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Waiting for Antichrist
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Damian Thompson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178564.003.0007

This chapter examines the significance of the year 2000 for Western society, evangelical Christianity, and Kensington Temple. It argues that in all three arenas, the millennium raised hopes that had already been disappointed by the time it dawned. At Kensington Temple, a scheme to create a network of 2,000 churches by 2000, heavy with apocalyptic resonances, had to be abandoned in 1999; the theological maneuvering that followed illustrates what can happen when a charismatic strategy fails.

Keywords:   Kensington Temple, Pentecostalism, Christianity, millennium, Western society, charisma

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