The authoritative film documentary about a famous crisis in American religious history.
some amazing days in the fall of 1844, America was on the raw edge of
its nerves. In the large cities of the Northeast, angry mobs chased
worshipers out of their churches. Theologians thundered their
disapproval of the shocking doctrine from their pulpits. Newspaper
editors invented scandalous stories, heaping abuse and ridicule on the
faithful. In the face of such opposition, hundreds of thousands of
Americans, from Maine to Ohio to Washington DC and beyond, still
believed or hoped or perhaps feared that the world would be destroyed by
fire at the second coming of Christ on October 22, 1844.
by Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, this documentary tells
this poignant story of one of the most remarkable episodes in the
history of modern religion. Using original documents, stunning location
footage, rich contemporary drawings and paintings, expert commentary,
and moving readings from writers of the time, this film draws a
captivating picture of the time thousands of citizens urged a nation to
prepare for the end. Expert commentary provided by Ruth Alden Doan
(Hollins University); George Knight (Andrews University); and David Rowe
(Middle Tennessee State University).