A prophecy is defined as a message from a divine figure to a human actor, telling what will happen in the future. Prophecy is a universal human phenomenon and a major factor in religious change. Prophecy figures in many sociological theories, but it is especially important to the study of social movements and the psychology of belief. This entry considers prophecy as a religious phenomenon and charts its historiography in the sociology of religion.

Prophecy in World Religion

Prophecy is a type of religious revelation that presents the history and contemporary human experience as the workings of a divine plan. Prophecies both forecast the future and explain the experiences of believers. Their content can vary in tone: Some prophecies are optimistic promises; others warn about coming disasters.

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