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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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It is useful to examine The Anti-Christ Has Emerged from Khurasan as an example of this genre of populist apocalyptism in an Indonesian context.
MCGINN, Bernard (1994), Apocalyptism in the Western Tradition, Variorum Collected Studies Series, Aldershot (Hants.).
Woodrow Wilson's America, by contrast, pursued a messianic goal of "spreading the blessings of liberty to every race and people overseas," while the Nativists and Neo-Confederates fostered "unwarranted paranoia about foes abroad and enemies within." Today, this heresy yields "messianism from the party in power and apocalyptism from the party out of power, regardless of which party is which." Religion no longer tempers nationalism because our churches themselves are partisan.
"Apocalyptism," on the other hand, is the refuge of reactionaries like Glenn Beck, who see conspiracies everywhere and catastrophe around every corner.
The first chapter, "Denial: the Liberal Utopia," analyzes what Zizek terms "the predominant modes of ideological obfuscation, from the latest Hollywood blockbusters up to false (displaced) apocalyptism." The capitalist world-system, which claims to reject utopianism, ends up imposing its own Utopia on the world in the form of free markets and electoral democracy.
Chapters four and five analyze the rhetorical practices of American fundamentalists using apocalyptism as a case study.
In The Sense of an Ending, Frank Kermode assessed how early Christian notions of "naive apocalyptism," the belief that the end of the world could be predicted in literal terms, evolved into ways of living in a more abstractly "end directed" world, with a "permanent need to live by the pattern rather than the fact" of a coming end.
Throughout PNG, there are a myriad of differing notions of illness, disease, pathogen, virus, medicine, cure and transmission, with more traditional styles of medicine coming together with Christian healing, apocalyptism and biomedicine (see for example Dundon this collection and Eves 2003): sexuality, STDs and particularly HIV/AIDS, are also understood, imagined and experienced in various ways.
Rejecting both Tate's sense of the tragedy and apocalyptism of the Civil War and Mencken's endorsement of the rationalism and cosmopolitanism of liberalism, she insisted on the grace and comedy of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.