Rapture or risk: Signs of the end or symptoms of world risk society?
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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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.
CitationRapture or risk: Signs of the end or symptoms of world risk society?, Culture and Religion, 2014, 15(4), pp. 419-435
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalCulture and Religion
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/10.1080/14755610.2014.982670
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