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[–] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (10 children)

Millennialism? I don’t think I’ve ever seen this mentioned before, can you explain?

[–] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago (9 children)

Also called Millenarianism, it refers to the belief that a major change/end of an age/apocalypse is inbound.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenarianism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennialism

A lot of folks felt this way when the year 1999 rolled around and the "new millennium" began. For some it only got worse after September 11th 2001.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (4 children)

According to Wikipedia, Millenarianism has been around for a long time, and it sounds like the Christian "rapture" is a good example. Your post seems to imply it's a recent thing (ie. 21st century), but maybe I'm misinterpreting what you're trying to say?

[–] [email protected] 2 points 4 weeks ago (1 children)

It's not a recent thing but there was a pretty serious resurgence of it around waitforit the turn of the millennia back in 1999/2000, with a followup in 2012 when we all thought the Mayan calendar was going to run out for some reason. My observation is that these events had a deeper impact on world thinking than I realized at the time.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 4 weeks ago

there was a pretty serious resurgence of it around waitforit the turn of the millennia back in 1999/2000

I know a lot of people have that perception, but it doesn't necessarily make it true. Do you know of any studies that have looked into this?

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