The Millennial New World by Frank Graziano

By Frank Graziano

A lot has been written approximately millennialism within the U.S. and its eu roots. yet even though it is widely known that millennialism is usually endemic to Latin the USA, previously there was no systematic examine of this phenomenon because it has flourished in that a part of the realm. Graziano right here deals the 1st such learn, studying Latin American millennialism from its Iberian and indigenous antecedents to provide social, progressive, spiritual, and political routine.

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The accent therefore falls on the progressions and periodizations themselves, on the transformations realized en route, on the recurring ends as opportunities within history to mime the grandeur of the renovation anticipated in the elusive climax beyond it. 145 The messiah's arrival punctuated the end of one era and the beginning of another, but the schema remained open-ended because the messianic age inaugurated by Jesus was posited as the prelude to a greater one still forthcoming. The Christian age will end and rebegin with the Second Coming, and this recurring end is itself destined to be repeated, presumably with finality, at the conclusion of the millennial kingdom.

71 28 THE MILLENNIAL NEW WORLD The ultimate liberation of Jerusalem provided Columbus with interpretive context and transcendental meaning for his voyages, but particularly following the apocalyptic trials of the third voyage he tended to stress the providential origin of his mission. ' "74 The divine interventions were indices of the comprehensive guidance that God had always offered to Columbus ("Since you were born He held you in his greatest care") because Columbus and his majesties were the protagonists of Christian eschatology.

The speciousness of the doctrine and the intensity of the faith that it inspires tempt one to suspect a causal relation. The faulty but insistent prediction of doomsdays seems ultimately to be an asset rather than a liability of apocalypticism, for the countless converts who subscribe to a prophet's doctrine of urgency wish not to be troubled by facts but rather to be enchanted by faith, to be delivered from their implacable daily reality into a redemptive realm with a logic more malleable, more accommodating than that of their wearied world.

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