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Waiting for Antichrist: Charisma and Apocalypse in a Pentecostal Church

Damian Thompson


This book explores how members of one religious group with a strong apocalyptic tradition — Kensington Temple, a large Pentecostal church in London — reconciled doctrines of the end of the world with the demands of their everyday lives. It is shown that they subjected these doctrines to a process of scrutiny, moderating and marginalizing them in response to a so-called the “Problem of the End”, the tendency of apocalyptic discourse to predict things that do not happen. In doing so, they employed the same subjective rationality that they applied to all manner of risky religious claims, such as ... More

Keywords: Kensington Temple, millenarianism, Pentecostalism, apocalypse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195178564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Damian Thompson, author