In this paper I examine how a small group, or subculture, of Christians framed and interacted with the Y2K (year 2000) computer software problem. The goal of this work is to provide the reader with a glimpse of a richly developed Christian subculture in a brief moment of time as it is faced with technological uncertainty. Millennial Christians, as I refer to them to distinguish them from other Christians, have drawn upon the three sources of millennial belief and behavior to form its millennial response to Y2K, including; traditional Christian doctrine, modern American interpretations, and national Christian interpretations of Y2K. The subjects of this study were influenced by several sources of millennial belief both religious and secular, and both ancient and modern. I used two methodologies; I conducted a content analysis of several representative periodicals within the subculture during 1999 and I conducted longitudinal in-depth interviews with members of the subculture during the summer of 1999 and January 2000. By combining the data from both the content analysis and interviews I created a richly detailed picture of the subculture's response to Y2K. This work adds to the understanding of the religious subculture and its interaction with technological cultural objects.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Religious studies