A Brief History of the End of the World

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Robinson, 2006 - Armageddon - 310 pages
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Most people's concept of the 'end of the world' comes from the book of Revelation. Today, there are an estimated 25 million Christian fundamentalists in the US who believe it will come with the 'Rapture;' others point to an ecological catastrophe, the AIDS pandemic, nuclear and biological warfare. With the benefit of a vast historical canvas, Pearson examines both apocalyptic theory (biblical literature, art, and popular culture) and practice (politics, cults, war, and revolution), from its Biblical beginnings to the Branch Davidians, via the Vikings, the French Revolution, the Pilgrim Fathers, Hitler's Apocalyptic rhetoric, asteroids, Hollywood and suicide bombers. Pearson's illuminating study shows how our pictures of the end of the world have evoked and converged--and are still very much on the agenda.

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Review: A Brief History of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Beliefs from Revelation to UFO Cults (Brief History)

User Review  - Chrissy - Goodreads

The first half held up alright, but was disappointing in its overwhelming focus on Abrahamic mythology. Assigning only three pages to Ragnarok and fully ignoring other end of the world scenarios from ... Read full review

Review: A Brief History of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Beliefs from Revelation to UFO Cults (Brief History)

User Review  - Honeybadger - Goodreads

Nothing makes a silly idea more obvious than lining them all up together. Reading through a long list of the times people have been certain the world will end makes it a lot easier to shake off the next looney who thinks the end is nigh. Read full review

Contents

The Origins of Apocalyptic Faith
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The Birth of Apocalyptic Faith
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Part One
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