The End of the World: The Millennium and the End Times in American Thought|
Fall 2008 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
Eschatology: [Gk, ESCHATOS last, farthest] 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 United States herald the hastening of the End Times, when a Messiah will appear to cleanse the earth of all unrighteousness. The course also 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 American eschatologies are gendered and racialized.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
BOOK OF DANIEL
BOOK OF REVELATION
Sacvan Bercovitch, THE AMERICAN JEREMIAD
Paul Boyer, WHEN TIME SHALL BE NO MORE
Octavia Butler, THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER (novel)
David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE:
William Pierce, THE TURNER DIARIES (novel)
Hal Lindsey, LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH (novel)
Elijah Muhammed, "Message to the Blackman in America"
Tim F. LaHaye, LEFT BEHIND (novel)
Dr. Strangelove (film)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Attendance, discussion, weekly response papers and three critical essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Religion in Society" departmental requirement.