Tristan Sturm is Lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast. His interests include critical geopolitics of religious movements, especially Christian Zionists, apocalyptic thought related to religious fundamentalism and climate change, nationalism and archaeology.
Are we right to connect millennialism and violence? Are groups like Heaven's Gate or the Branch Davidians typical, or rare exceptions, magnified out of proportion by the lens of the media - and scholarship? How do we account for the popularity of mllennialism outside of religious traditions, new, extreme or otherwise?