Are we living in the End Times? Is the return of the Messiah or the coming of the Mahdi imminent? Are a thousand years of peace (the millennium) on the horizon? Social Media and Twitter can provide invaluable insight about contemporary, public opinion to these topics.
In less than two weeks I will be attending the conference: ‘Millenarianism and Surviving the Destruction of Humanity’ in Oxford, England to present a paper – Does Millenarianism Require a Re-brand? This site has been created to encourage further opinion on the subject.
The proposal will look at online reaction to a variety of posts, including different media, reports, videos and events to the keywords millenarian and millenarianism, including analysis and reaction to the following online articles:
Wood, G (2015) What ISIS Really Wants: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/
(2013) Beck, G & Jasser, Z. Islam’s Imam Is Our Antichrist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwp7WKvLR_U
(Bradley, R(2015) Social Justice: A Millenarian Movement : http://www.skepticink.com/lateraltruth/2015/05/25/social-justice-a-millenarian-movement/
The content of the articles alone is enough to spark mixed feelings and views so I will not pass any personal judgement within my conclusion, instead it will be based around some, simple points:
- The knowledge and awareness of young people (millennials) to the terms millenarianism and millenarian
- The differences in opinion between Western and Eastern cultures to the terms.
- The perception and online opinion of millenarianism (positive and negative)
The presentation will conclude by summarising the analysis and offering the following questions: Why is there such differing opinion? Is millenarianism positive or negative? Is this perception valid? (And if it isn’t) Does it require changing? If millenarianism requires a re-brand, how can it be achieved?