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Apocalyptic Fever: End-Time Prophecies in Modern America
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Apocalyptic Fever: End-Time Prophecies in Modern America


Wipf & Stock 2012

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Doomsday ideas in Western history have been both persistent and diverse. Public opinion polls indicate that a substantial number of Americans anticipate the return of Christ or some catastrophic event. In Apocalyptic Fever, Richard Kyle shows how dispensational premillennialism has been the driving force behind doomsday ideas. While several chapters are devoted to this topic, Kyle also surveys end-time views in modern America from a wide range of perspectives: traditional denominations, fringe religions, Islam’s Mahdi, science, fiction, Y2K, politics, the Mayan calendar, and more.

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Key Features

  • Examines apocalyptic ideas within the American social and cultural framework
  • Offers dispensational premillennialism as the driving force behind doomsday ideas
  • Addresses a wide range of end-time views


  • Approaching Doomsday
  • Western Countours of Doomsday
  • The Millennial Nation
  • The End Takes Shape
  • Apocalypse Loud and Clear
  • Millennial Anxieties
  • From 9/11 to 666
  • Imaging the Apocalypse
  • The Politics of Armageddon
  • Messiahs, Prophets, and End-Time Visions
  • The Godless Apocalypse
  • An Eschatological Hodgepodge
  • The Next Great Turning Point?
  • Why Do We Love Doomsday?

Praise for the Print Edition

We are indebted to Kyle for his outstanding survey of the end times. These concepts have developed over many centuries, but they have found fertile soil in our own land. Kyle deals with an astonishingly wide range of ideas with insightful and broad knowledge of the historical, religious, and contemporary contexts. This is by far the best guide to the fascinating and intricate world of the end times.

Robert G. Clouse, senior research scholar in Liberal Arts, Indiana State University

Apocalyptic enthusiasm rarely receives calm and thoughtful consideration. Kyle is a most welcome exception. His book is careful, nuanced, insightful, and charitable toward a subject that is usually treated as incredible, unbelievable, mad, or deadly certain. Apocalyptic Fever takes the temperature of a serious disease and provides just the right calming prescription for bringing the fever under control.

Mark Noll, professor of history, University of Notre Dame

Apocalyptic Fever is one of those must-read books. Kyle, a veteran observer of radical evangelical and conservative religion in America, addresses the wide variety of end-time preachers, writers, and movements in the contemporary world . . . Such an explanatory work is sorely needed in an age where polemical treatises richly abound.

—Richard V. Pierard, professor emeritus of history, Indiana State University

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About Richard G. Kyle

Richard G. Kyle is a professor of History and Religion at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including God’s Watchman: John Knox’s Faith and Vocation and John Knox: An Introduction to His Life and Works.

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