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When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Studies in Cultural History) by [Paul Boyer]

When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Studies in Cultural History) Kindle Edition

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A splendid, rigorously documented treatise, as up to date as the morning newspaper...No book provides more comprehensive information about the awesome degree to which Biblical literalism and prophetic fervor have invaded the hearts and minds of Americans, rich and poor, educated and ignorant... who read the book can laugh and weep.Martin GardnerWashington Post Book WorldPaul Boyer traces the roots and branches of the rich, strange complex of biblical exegesis and twisted journalism that he calls 'prophecy belief.' When Time Shall Be No More exhaustively describes a strange species of rabid predictions of the wrath to come.Anthony GraftonNew RepublicSplendid... compelling cultural history.L. S. KleppVillage Voice Literary SupplementThis is one of the most important and impressive books I have ever read in American cultural history. It is richly researched, ably argued, exhaustive in its coverage of the subject of apocalyptic belief in the United States, yet a constant revelation. Indeed, it amounts to the discovery of what many of us in this field have halfway understood but never quite realized, that the dominion of prophecy and 'end-time' religion is vast and of utmost importance in understanding the whole of American culture. It will scarcely be possible now not to see the importance of this fringe culture that affects millions of Americans and which, from time to time, finds itself near the very center.James Gilbert, University of MarylandThis is not a facile study, attempting to draw large and arresting conclusions from a mere sample of the evidence. Boyer committed himself to an intense study of popular prophetic belief and the result is a learned, persuasive, and nuanced study of a very important subject. The book is inherently interesting and superbly written.Nathan O. Hatch, University of Notre DameIt is a work of high quality in every respect and is as good as anything I know of on the subject. In addition to writing well, the author is judicious and insightful in his judgments and maintains a tone of seeking understanding rather than, as do most writers on such topics, taking cheap shots at easy targets. Also and importantly, I found the book engaging and was eager to keep reading.George Marsden, University of Notre Dame --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Paul Boyer was Merle Curti Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • 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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Timrek the Gorf
4.0 out of 5 stars The end is(n't) nigh
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Americans should read this book!
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Matthew Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A good intro into prophecy belief in the US
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the history of apocalyptic
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