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World Without End: Mainstream American Protestant Visions of the Last Things, 1880-1925

James H. Moorhead

Published by Indiana University Press
ISBN 10: 0253335809 / ISBN 13: 9780253335807
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Title: World Without End: Mainstream American ...

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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Hardcover. 272 pages. Dimensions: 9.5in. x 6.4in. x 1.0in.In this compelling intellectual and social history, Moorhead argues that for mainline Protestants in the late 19th century, time became endless, human-directed and without urgency. . . . Moorhead offers some brilliant observations about the legacy of postmillennialism and the human need for a definitive eschaton. Publishers WeeklyIn the 19th century American Protestants firmly believed that when progress had run its course, there would be a Second Coming of Christ, the world would come to a supernatural End, and the predictions in the Apocalypse would come to pass. During the years covered in James Moorheads study, however, moderate and liberal mainstream Protestants transformed this postmillennialism into a hope that this world would be the scene for limitless spiritual improvement and temporal progress. The sense of an End vanished with the arrival of the new millennium. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780253335807

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Synopsis: In the nineteenth century, many American Protestants were both modern and precritical in their views of the future. They expected almost limitless, orderly progress as Christianity and democracy spread and as technology and prosperity increased. Yet they also believed that, many centuries hence after progress had run its course, the Second Coming of Jesus and a supernatural End to the current world would occur. If these Protestants had one foot in the world of steamships and the telegraph, the other was still firmly planted in the cosmos of the Apocalypse - a universe where angels poured out vials of wrath, the dead would rise again, and the wicked would be cast into a lake of fire burning forever. During the years of this study, the delicate balance represented by this view (technically called postmillennialism) was lost. Although some Protestants became premillennialists expecting an early end of the world and the imminent return of Jesus, most did not. Among the moderate to liberal mainstream Protestants upon whom this study focuses, postmillennialism eroded into a hope that this world would be the scene for limitless spiritual improvement and temporal progress. The sense of an End vanished. The author demonstrates that this change was symptomatic of a series of major transformations in American religion and culture. It reflected the triumph of critical biblical scholarship. It exhibited the new face of Protestant piety - a piety in which the fear of hell disappeared, heaven became the best of this world writ large, and negative associations with death were suppressed. The new view of the future also reflected the ethos of an emerging consumer culture which stressed unending growth and unsatiated longing. The author traces the way in which the altered view of the End shaped the foreign missions movement, the social gospel, and ecumenical endeavour. He shows how the hope encouraged churches to adopt the ideal of businesslike efficiency and to bureaucratise their endeavours. In short, "World Without End", in chronicling changing views of the last things, also traces the emergence of some of the central dynamics - and discontents - of mainstream Protestantism in the twentieth century.

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