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When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Studies in Cultural History) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B008MHWPK6
- Publisher : Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press (1 January 1994)
- Language : English
- File size : 6905 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 488 pages
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Boyer presents a very thorough look at American "apocalypticism," going into depth on the post-1945 era, but doing a good job of showing its origins.
I wish I had read this about 25 years ago, because it would have given me insight into why so many people think about Russia and the Middle East the way they do.
Still, reading the book now shows how sound Boyer's research and conclusions were. This book was published well before the whole "Left Behind" phenomenon took off, and Boyer identified Le Haye as a key thinker and popularizer of apocalypticism. Also, the attitudes of apocalypticism, the distrust of internationalism, globalization and elites, has, if anything, gotten stronger in the intervening years. This book did a lot to explain the link between evangelicals and Donald Trump.
So an old book but still well-worth reading.
Boyer's book is reasoned and cautious. I was privileged to talk with him before he died and, in several instances, he told me things weren't as bad as I had thought they were. He impressed me as a historian searching for truths whether or not they support his beliefs.
Mr. Boyer also discusses the different strands of prophecy belief such as the passive and activist branches. The activist branches being those who actively seek to help bring about the end times by helping to fulfill percieved prophecies in order to bring about god's rapture as soon as possible as opposed to the passive branch that believes that people cannot affect god's plan and that the end is preordained by god and there is nothing that can change that plan. Both sides of this movement are well represented here and thoroughly discussed in an historical context, but this is the problem with the work also.
This book begs for a deeper look into the prophecy movements. Throughout the entire work I felt it needed something more like a psychological or sociological approach to go with the historical rendering. The book simply scratches the surface and leaves the reader wanting these deeper looks into the leaders and the millions of people who follow end time prophecies.
Another problem with the book is that the author tends to use the same sources over and over again. This means his chapter breaks do not really break anything at all. The book simply reads as one single strand which makes the breaks irrelevant and makes the reading tedious. The same authors and preaches are constantly quoted over and over again in each chapter which leaves no natural breaks in the reading.
To finish, I think this is a good starter to get any reader into this topic, but it is not a definitive work. This book leaves the reader wanting a deeper look into these movements. The reason I don't take off for this is the author is up front from the beginning that his book is not that deeper look. His is an historical look at this movement which leaves the deeper studies to others. I do give this work a high mark even with the problems it has because the book does deserve to be read. I recommend this book but with reservations.