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The Millennial New World$
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Frank Graziano

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195124323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195124324.001.0001

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The Chosen People

The Chosen People

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The Millennial New World

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This chapter analyzes how symbolic inversion operates in millennial communities to alter the meanings and interrelations of above and below, center and periphery, good and evil, pure and impure, and other opposites. Also treated are the reduction of complexities into simplified dualities that are polarized in diametrical opposition; the emergence of a New Humanity in religious and political thought; the belief that God is fighting for one’s cause; and the ways millennial movements provide new moral and religious options.

Keywords:   chosen people, symbolic inversion, polarization, creation myths, cold war, dualism, Sendero Luminoso, liberation theology, morality, Evangelical

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