Monday, February 21, 2011
The Messy World of Messianic Visionaries
Today we will look at one particular brand of discontent that flourished in the nineteenth century. Faced with profound and unpleasant social change, societies around the globe produced messianic visionaries who preached the virtues of spiritual rebirth as a means to reversing the trends of modernity. Universally unsuccessful in the 19th Century, we will look at the parallels that we find within our own time.