Millenarian Violence Analysis

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Religions are known to bring out the good in individuals, however, there lies a side where religious motives guide people to carry out awful actions. Actions such as collective violence, is carried out by millenarian religious movements. Understanding Contemporary Millenarian Violence by John Walliss, is an article that summarizes studies of millenarian violence, enabling readers to understand what these religious movements have done and their “darker” side. The article by John Walliss enables to deepen the readers’ understanding by providing clear examples of new topics and briefly elaborating on each religious movement. On the other hand, Walliss lacks on deepening the information of some of the millenarian studies he summarizes.
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Another study he summarizes is developed by Catherine Wessinger, which focuses on the three broad type of millenarian groups who commit violent actions. Lastly, Walliss also summarizes his own analysis, where it studies the millenarianism’s acceptance to violence (503). Furthermore, these studies that Walliss reviews conclude that religions can stir negative motives and create violence.
John Walliss’ goal is to prove to the readers of the occurrence of millenarian violence and the horrific side of religions. Walliss achieves to makes his millenarian violence idea clear by ensuring that any topic he introduces is developed with an example. The various examples Walliss includes is his strength because it creates a greater understanding of the key concept of the text. Walliss’ examples extend on the information he states, for instance as he describes how millenarians separate themselves from society and he provides useful examples on how they do so (501). Moreover, these examples help to describe the smaller details of the text, in order for the readers to fully recognise the article’s key points. Without the use of examples, readers will not be able to have a greater knowledge of the text. Not
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Walliss’ article provides useful evidence to back up new information he introduces and to further expand his ideas. Additionally, Walliss includes a helpful description of the millenarian violence and the different movements in order to grasp a greater understanding of the main idea. However, Wallis’ summaries of the studies are inconsistent, leaving undeveloped important concepts of the text. Overall, Walliss’ work does not fail to provide clear descriptions of Understanding Contemporary Millenarian Violence and from this article, readers understand the dark side of religions and possibly take a further toll in the

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