By Frances L. Flannery
This booklet explores a cross-cultural worldview referred to as 'radical apocalypticism' that underlies the vast majority of terrorist events within the twenty-first century.
Although no longer all apocalypticism is violent, in its severe kinds radical apocalypticism offers upward thrust to terrorists as different as participants of Al Qaeda, Anders Behring Breivik, or Timothy McVeigh. In its secular diversifications, it additionally motivates ideological terrorists, reminiscent of the eco-terrorists Earth Liberation entrance or The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. This e-book presents an unique paradigm for distinguishing among peaceable and violent or radical types of apocalypticism and analyses the heritage, significant variations, and features of the apocalyptic suggestion process. utilizing an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural technique, this booklet discusses the mechanisms of radicalization and dynamics of perceived oppression and violence to explain anew the self-identities, motivations, and pursuits of a huge swath of terrorists. As traditional counter-terrorism ways have to this point did not stem the cycle of terrorism, this strategy indicates a entire "cultural" option to struggling with terrorism that addresses the attraction of radical apocalyptic terrorist ideology itself.
This booklet may be of a lot curiosity to scholars of apocalypticism, political violence, terrorism and counter-terrorism, intelligence reviews, spiritual reviews, and protection stories.
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22 Roots of the Apocalyptic worldview When added to other social factors that I discuss in Chapter 3, this method of interpretation has resulted in the Book of Revelation being responsible, directly or indirectly, for massive amounts of violence. In fact, it is arguably the bloodiest book in history. Even today, groups and individuals as diverse as the Oklahoma City bombers and radical Islamist groups affiliated through the Al Qaeda network have each updated the Book of Revelation to apply to their own period and causes, using it to justify violence and brutality.
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