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The Coming Deliverer Millennial Themes in World Religions by Fiona Bowie

The Coming Deliverer Millennial Themes in World Religions


The Coming Deliverer Millennial Themes in World Religions by Fiona Bowie

For over two thousand years, groups have arisen who have expected a deliverer to come and rescue them from a corrupt and chaotic world, and usher in a time of peace and stability. Groups of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and to a lesser extent Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, as well as people practising indigenous tribal religions have taken up this theme. With the approach of the year 2000, millennial fever is on the increase. People are excited, and sometimes afraid of change. Expectations that the dawn of the third millennium will be a time of social and spiritual upheaval, of natural disasters and even of the end of the world, are rife in many quarters. The contributors to this book explore the theme of the Coming Deliverer in different religious traditions, using insights drawn from religious studies, theology and anthropology. The authors of The Coming Deliverer brings together in one volume a wealth of scholarship and explore in clear, accessible language this fascinating, timely and ubiquitous theme.


'A fascinating book on a theme of great interest.'
RE News

'...a significant book [...] a readable and worthwhile work.'
Journal of Contemporary Religion

About the Author

Dr Fiona Bowie is visiting senior research fellow at Kings College London, with research interests in the anthropology of religion.

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Publication date

30th May 1997


Fiona Bowie

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University of Wales Press


208 pages


Religion: general



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