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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

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

Damian Thompson

Oxford University Press

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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