Rapture or risk: Signs of the end or symptoms of world risk society?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/346605
Title:
Rapture or risk: Signs of the end or symptoms of world risk society?
Authors:
Knowles, Steve
Abstract:
In this article I argue that elements of contemporary fundamentalist Christian apocalyptic discourse are not only influenced by, but are a product of the rhetoric and fascination with the notion of risk. The world risk society thesis developed by the German sociologist Ulrich Beck will be utilised as a conceptual framework to measure one example of an online discourse centred on a Christian dispensationalist understanding of the rapture: Rapture Index. This popular website utilises a statistical probability index system based on 45 different categories that relate to global socio-political events; the higher the aggregate total the nearer the rapture. The Rapture Index is indebted to the impact of risk in contemporary society and it is a tool that exemplifies non-knowing: a product of the world risk society.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Rapture or risk: Signs of the end or symptoms of world risk society?, Culture and Religion, 2014, 15(4), pp. 419-435
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Culture and Religion
Publication Date:
11-Dec-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/346605
DOI:
10.1080/14755610.2014.982670
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/current#.VQMJNE1yZFo; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14755610.2014.982670
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Culture and Religion on 11 December 2014 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14755610.2014.982670
ISSN:
1475-5610
EISSN:
1475-5629
Appears in Collections:
Theology and Religious Studies

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dc.contributor.authorKnowles, Steveen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-13T16:03:59Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-13T16:03:59Zen
dc.date.issued2014-12-11en
dc.identifier.citationRapture or risk: Signs of the end or symptoms of world risk society?, Culture and Religion, 2014, 15(4), pp. 419-435en
dc.identifier.issn1475-5610en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14755610.2014.982670en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/346605en
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Culture and Religion on 11 December 2014 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14755610.2014.982670en
dc.description.abstractIn this article I argue that elements of contemporary fundamentalist Christian apocalyptic discourse are not only influenced by, but are a product of the rhetoric and fascination with the notion of risk. The world risk society thesis developed by the German sociologist Ulrich Beck will be utilised as a conceptual framework to measure one example of an online discourse centred on a Christian dispensationalist understanding of the rapture: Rapture Index. This popular website utilises a statistical probability index system based on 45 different categories that relate to global socio-political events; the higher the aggregate total the nearer the rapture. The Rapture Index is indebted to the impact of risk in contemporary society and it is a tool that exemplifies non-knowing: a product of the world risk society.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/current#.VQMJNE1yZFoen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14755610.2014.982670en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Culture and Religionen
dc.subjectBecken
dc.subjectworld risk societyen
dc.subjectapocalypseen
dc.subjectfundamentalismen
dc.subjectdispensationalismen
dc.subjectdigital mediaen
dc.titleRapture or risk: Signs of the end or symptoms of world risk society?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1475-5629en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalCulture and Religionen
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