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The End of the World: The Millennium and the End Times in American Thought

RELI 287
Spring 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: AMST 288
Course Cluster: Christianity Studies

Eschatology: [Gk eschatos last, farthest] 1. A branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of mankind.

This course examines how some religious groups in the U.S. herald the hastening of the End Times, when a Messiah will appear to cleanse the earth of all unrighteousness. This course examines various American eschatologies and the religious communities that imagine them. Included are Puritans, Messianic Jews, Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists, Branch Davidians, Rastafari, the Nation of Islam and Christian Identity, in genres of representation including fiction, film and popular music. Among the themes we will discuss will be Americanism, or the ways groups imagine the United States to be favored by God, religious politics, and the ways that American eschatologies are gendered and racialized.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)

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