Chapter 15. Millennialism

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Stephen J. Stein Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch15

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Stein, S. J. (2010) Millennialism, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • millennialism, controversial religious issue - dividing Christians and commentators in America from colonial times to the present;
  • critics of millennialism, dismissing it as mistaken and distorted reading of sacred texts;
  • fortunes of millennialism, through centuries of Christian history - varying considerably;
  • Nathan O. Hatch, documenting role of millennial thought in revolutionary era in New England;
  • antebellum period, emergence of new dissenting religious movements - defined by their eschatological views;
  • United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers;
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) - those displeased with established evangelical denominations;
  • religious modernists and fundamentalists' conflict - on one or the other side;
  • premillennialism and postmillennialism distinction - postmillennialism morphed into social progress


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  • Bibliography