[St. Pachomius Library]

The Year 1000

Biblical references to the Millennium and ideas left over from the Chiliast heresy suggested to some people in the X Century that the end of the world was at hand. Some widely-read historians have said that this resulted in mass hysteria; other writers have denied this, even suggesting that it is anti-Christian propaganda. Perhaps the truth was in between.

It is interesting that some proponents of the "mass panic" idea have suggested that the failure of 1000 to bring anything too untoward may have contributed to the extraordinary social transformations of the West in the XI Century, of some of which the Orthodox reader need not be reminded.

Norman Hugh Redington


Return to St Pachomius Library.