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Belief in apocalyptic prophecies, especially regarding the imminent destruction of the world and the foundation of a new world order as a result of the triumph of good over evil.

a·poc′a·lyp′ti·cist n.


(əˌpɒkəˈlɪptɪsɪzəm) or


the belief in apocalyptic prophecy


Theology. 1. any doctrine concerning the end of the temporal world, especially one based on the Revelations of St. John the Divine.
2. the millennial doctrine of the Second Advent and the reign of Jesus Christ on earth. — apocalyptic, apocalyptical, adj.
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The Neuhaus-Berger relationship was dialectical, with Berger's personal and family history disposing him to a conservative humanism with great suspicion of all political and religious enthusiasms whatsoever, while Neuhaus was at least temporarily or intermittently taken with the alternately expectant euphoria and apocalypticism of New York City and university campuses in the 1960s.
Dodd's realized eschatology, (47) without mentioning the obvious connection between fulfilled apocalypticism and traditional Post-Nicene Catholic ecclesiology--the Church rio/become the political criterion by which a political effort was fashioned, particularly in the time immediately succeeding Constantine, later during the Crusades, and the historical periods manifest in the multiple pogroms against the Jewish people, as Jews were natural enemies of the Church vis-a-vis their alternative messianic claim--a point brought up by Moltmann on numerous occasions (48) The Church, for a great duration of its history, was an ecclesiastical manifestation of that which Ratzinger critiqued--the totalitarianism of political messianism.
Apocalypticism, encouraged by the war's length, widening scope, and destructiveness, appeared in wartime novels and movies, animated radical political movements, and fueled end-time speculation made even more plausible among fervent premillennialists by the British army's victory in Palestine--at biblical Armageddon, no less--and by the Balfour Declaration's promise of a homeland for the Jews.
41) Catholic Prophecy was to become a bestseller in the traditionalist subculture, so much so that Bernard McGinn, the world's foremost scholar of Roman Catholic apocalyptic, included it in his large survey of two-thousand years of Christian thought about Antichrist as a representative example of what he characterized as: "a right-wing Catholic apocalypticism that sees in Vatican II and the subsequent liturgical changes introduced into the Mass a sign of the imminence of the end.
Among his perspectives are the theology of the Gospel of Thomas and middle Platonism, Platonism and the apocryphal origins of immortality in the Christian imagination, wisdom in Q and Thomas, a brief history of the parable of the catch of fish in Matthew 13:47-50 and Thomas 8, and apocalypticism or prophecy and the problem of polyvalence.
Furthermore, in his analysis Sela does a nice job of pointing to the interesting connections these texts suggest, which range from the ideological significance of the Ark of the Covenant, to the importance of Chinggisid genealogy among rulers, to eschatology and apocalypticism in Islamic literature.
The arguments are careful and deliberate, grounded in Merton's signature texts but informed as well by the wider socio-political and cultural contexts that so critically shaped Merton, specifically the anxious apocalypticism of the Cold War (see particularly Bruce K.
None of this seems likely to appeal to observant Jews, let alone to most non-observant Jews, who, polling data show, largely reject the Christian right's authoritarianism and apocalypticism.
The course for Christianity was set by the apocalypticism of Jesus recast by Paul, and Rabbinic Judaism followed the alternative of the Pharisees.
The apocalypticism of the Reformation put an abrupt end to the relevativization of all time by eternity, typical of Augustine and the Middle Ages.
Turner's apocalypticism has wrapped scholars up in a tight web, which understandably makes it easier for scholars to only see Turner in this light.
Howard Hotson takes a similarly corrective tack, reassessing Norman Cohn's signature study, Pursuit of the Millennium (London: Secker & Warburg, 1957), which traced medieval Christian apocalypticism to "rootless and desperate men" seeking judgment on their oppressors and enemies, especially Jews.