I was recently reading Michael Kok’s blog and he alerted his readers to a new free online resource to which he has contributed: the Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements. Commissioned by the Center for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements and edited by James Crossley and Alastair Lockhart, the CDAMM may due for the study of apocalypticism that resources like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy does for philosophy. At the very least, it will provide laypeople (like me) with a scholarly source to use as a resource for research and writing.
One of the many reasons it should prove to be an invaluable resource is both the diversity of subjects and its variety of contributors. For example, it is not merely Christianity that is in view in the CDAMM but also Judaism, Islam, and even religions that incorporate UFOs (to name a few). Additionally, you’ll find articles by Kok, John J. Collins, Sarah Rollens, and many more. And it’s not just ancient apocalyptic movements discussed by even more contemporary ones like the Branch Davidians. Heck, there’s even an entry for games in the Far Cry franchise!
So, when you get a chance, take a look and see what’s in the CDAMM. You might learn something. I know I have!