Antichrist: two thousand years of the human fascination with evil

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1994 - History - 369 pages
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Traces the concept of Antichrist from its Judeo-Christian origins to the present day, alerting us to the potential for violence that often accompanies literal belief in an ultimate human evildoer. The idea of Antichrist was formulated from a combination of myth, history, and legend. Demonstrates how Antichrist has always served the human need to understand the persistence of evil in the world. Explores the evolution of the Antichrist legend over the centuries. Examines how it has haunted popular imagination in both the form of individuals -- such as Nero, Napoleon, and Saddam Hussein -- and groups -- Jews, heretics, Muslims -- that are perceived as grave social threats.

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A learned but highly readable survey of the history of the idea of the Antichrist, from early Jewish prophetic writings to the 20th Century. Of especial note is McGinn's examination of how this idea ... Read full review

Contents

The Second Adam and jj
33
Antichrist
57
The Final Enemy in the
79
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelly Professor of Historical Theology and History of Christianity at the University of Chicago, is the author of many books, including "Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Traditions in the Middle Ages" (Columbia).

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