Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil

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Columbia University Press, 1994 - Religion - 369 pages
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In this timely and sweeping exploration, one of the greatest living historians of Christian thought traces the concept of Antichrist from its Judeo-Christian origins to the present day. Rooted in Second Temple Judaism--a period of intense religious and political disruption--Antichrist developed out of belief in malevolent angelic and human forces. McGinn demonstrates how Antichrist has often reflected the human need to comprehend the persistence of evil in the world, and examines how it has haunted popular imagination in both the form of indivuduals--such as Nero, Napoleon, and Saddam Hussein--and groups--Jews, heretics, Muslims.

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Religious historian McGinn (Univ. of Chicago Divinity Sch.) traces the fascinating history of the concept of the Antichrist from pre-Christian origins to the present. Chapters cover the changing role ... Read full review

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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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