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The Millenarian Dimension of Unification Thought

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This chapter sheds light on the millenarian dimension of Unification thought that serves as the doctrinal backbone of the movement's varied activities with its worldwide peace agenda at its centre. It amplifies the millenarianism of the Unification movement (UM), and, in a first step, the concept of millenarianism is elucidated. Unification thought is inextricably linked with its creator, major subject and leading advocate Mun Sŏn-myŏng. Subsequently, the main tenets of the group's millenarian portfolio is outlined and connected to the UM's Korea-centric rationale of the coming salvational transformation; set against the millenarian backdrop, the UM's discussed. Upon returning to Korea, Mun associated with various messianic groups, which played a significant role in shaping Unification thought. The millennium refers to a passage in the book of Revelations, the last book of the New Testament, and commonly signifies a thousand-year-long period of bliss and harmony.

Keywords: Book of Revelations; Korea; Last book of New Testament; millenarianism; Mun Sŏn-myŏng; Unification movement (UM)



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