New Religions and Prophecy

Prophecies, even those that have apparently failed, continue to be widely accepted. Believers and sceptics will assess the role of supernatural revelations in contemporary religions.

Speakers will examine subjects including: the roles of prophecy in life within the World of Yaad, Branch Davidians, Twelve Tribes and in Biblical times; whether Christian predictions of the end of the world constitute a tool for analysing a society that lies beyond the control of believers; how the Jehovah's Witnesses' 1914, 1918, 1925 and 1975 dates came to be derived from scripture, and how they have developed over the past 150 years; and how, when the esotericist prophesies, s/he is contributing within a "hylozoic" (all-living) universe.

Inform Seminars are intended to help participants to understand, or at least recognise, different perspectives. The presence of speakers on an Inform programme does not mean that Inform endorses their position.

This event is open to all, however a registration is required. Ticket costs £37 (£15 students and unwaged) when registering before 15 November 2008, £40 (£20 students and unwaged) registering after 15 November 2008. To register, please email ,call 020 7955 7677 or post cheque made out to Inform to: Inform, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE. Registration includes buffet lunch, afternoon tea and morning coffee.

For more information email inform@lse.ac.uk.