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 yank cultural panorama for hundreds of years. With the process of the 12 months 2000, such millennial visions appear once more to be expanding in attractiveness. Stephen O'Leary sheds new gentle at the age-old phenomenon of the top of the Age via providing a rhetorical reason for the attraction of millennialism. utilizing examples of apocalyptic argument from old to fashionable instances, O'Leary identifies the ordinary styles in apocalyptic texts and activities and exhibits how and why the Christian Apocalypse has been used to aid a number of political stances and courses. The publication concludes with a serious evaluation of the new appearances of doomsday situations in our politics and tradition, and a meditation at the value of the Apocalypse within the nuclear age. Arguing the Apocalypse is the main thorough exam of its topic thus far: a learn of a missed bankruptcy of our spiritual and cultural background, a advisor to the politics of Armageddon, and a map of millennial consciousness.

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