Arguing the Apocalypse: A Theory of Millennial Rhetoric by Stephen D. O'Leary

By Stephen D. O'Leary

Apocalyptic expectancies of Armageddon and a brand new Age were a fixture of the yankee cultural panorama for hundreds of years. With the technique of the 12 months 2000, such millennial visions look once more to be expanding in acceptance. Stephen O'Leary sheds new gentle at the age-old phenomenon of the tip of the Age by means of featuring a rhetorical cause of the allure of millennialism. utilizing examples of apocalyptic argument from historic to fashionable instances, O'Leary identifies the routine styles in apocalyptic texts and activities and indicates how and why the Christian Apocalypse has been used to help quite a few political stances and courses. The e-book concludes with a serious evaluate of the hot appearances of doomsday eventualities in our politics and tradition, and a meditation at the importance of the Apocalypse within the nuclear age. Arguing the Apocalypse is the main thorough exam of its topic up to now: a examine of a missed bankruptcy of our non secular and cultural historical past, a consultant to the politics of Armageddon, and a map of millennial consciousness.

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