When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Studies in Cultural History) 49579th Edition
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“Paul 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 Grafton, New Republic
“Splendid… [A] compelling cultural history.”―L. S. Klepp, Village Voice Literary Supplement
“This 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 Maryland
“This 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 Dame
“It 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
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : 0674951298
- Publisher : Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press; 49579th edition (January 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 488 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780674951297
- ISBN-13 : 978-0674951297
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.24 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #499,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boyer presents a very thorough look at American "apocalypticism," going into depth on the post-1945 era, but doing a good job of showing its origins.
I wish I had read this about 25 years ago, because it would have given me insight into why so many people think about Russia and the Middle East the way they do.
Still, reading the book now shows how sound Boyer's research and conclusions were. This book was published well before the whole "Left Behind" phenomenon took off, and Boyer identified Le Haye as a key thinker and popularizer of apocalypticism. Also, the attitudes of apocalypticism, the distrust of internationalism, globalization and elites, has, if anything, gotten stronger in the intervening years. This book did a lot to explain the link between evangelicals and Donald Trump.
So an old book but still well-worth reading.
Boyer's book is reasoned and cautious. I was privileged to talk with him before he died and, in several instances, he told me things weren't as bad as I had thought they were. He impressed me as a historian searching for truths whether or not they support his beliefs.
Mr. Boyer also discusses the different strands of prophecy belief such as the passive and activist branches. The activist branches being those who actively seek to help bring about the end times by helping to fulfill percieved prophecies in order to bring about god's rapture as soon as possible as opposed to the passive branch that believes that people cannot affect god's plan and that the end is preordained by god and there is nothing that can change that plan. Both sides of this movement are well represented here and thoroughly discussed in an historical context, but this is the problem with the work also.
This book begs for a deeper look into the prophecy movements. Throughout the entire work I felt it needed something more like a psychological or sociological approach to go with the historical rendering. The book simply scratches the surface and leaves the reader wanting these deeper looks into the leaders and the millions of people who follow end time prophecies.
Another problem with the book is that the author tends to use the same sources over and over again. This means his chapter breaks do not really break anything at all. The book simply reads as one single strand which makes the breaks irrelevant and makes the reading tedious. The same authors and preaches are constantly quoted over and over again in each chapter which leaves no natural breaks in the reading.
To finish, I think this is a good starter to get any reader into this topic, but it is not a definitive work. This book leaves the reader wanting a deeper look into these movements. The reason I don't take off for this is the author is up front from the beginning that his book is not that deeper look. His is an historical look at this movement which leaves the deeper studies to others. I do give this work a high mark even with the problems it has because the book does deserve to be read. I recommend this book but with reservations.
I think for premilleniaslism's attractiveness to American, it presents an over-arching scheme to world history, especially America's part in the great scheme of things.
With the downfall of utopian post-millenialism (see Tuveson's excellent work, "Redeemer Nation," Boyer shows historically how this system of Biblical interpretation has become increasingly popular among us.
He at points, e.g. pg. 310, suggests that premillenialism of our day is not intellectually valid, especially in its exegetical competence. I believe this unfair, given the caliber of individuals who study and believe in this eschatology, e.g. Ryrie, Chafer, etc. Although I personally do not buy into their eschatology nor hermeneutics, I cannot concur with Boyer by suggesting that only simple minded will buy into it.
Without this critique, this work would have been a five. It is a valuable, well-documented source for end times history and currents within popular American culture.