MILLENNIUM WATCH

Facing the millennium

"No need to wait for 2000. Millennial harmony, peace, and glory are ours today to discover and to demonstrate."

Some months ago, the Sentinel's staff contacted authors around the world, asking them to research and report on the millennium. Elaine R. Follis, who is the Jeanne and George Todd Professor of Religious Studies at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, offered to provide historical and theological background on this important subject, while also explaining how the hope the millennium naturally includes can be fulfilled.

With The Approach of the year 2000, the word millennium is appearing everywhere. The term brings questions about its meaning in Biblical tradition, its place in the evolution of human history, and its potential impact on society. While sometimes linked with Armageddon and social and environmental upheaval, the concept of the millennium is itself very "upbeat," reflecting hope for future order, happiness, and peace.

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