Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1994 - Religion - 369 pages
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As the millennium draws to a close, we are experiencing a surge of interest in Antichrist. Historically, turns of the century, but especially turns of millenia, seem to whip up our fantasies about the end and the role of a thoroughly evil human agent in its coming. In this survey of the history of the Antichrist, the author presents the Christian origins of the legend, playing close attention to how it plays on the popular imagination.

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ANTICHRIST: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil

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A scholarly survey of how the figure of the Antichrist has been understood through the centuries, from Second Temple Judaism to present-day America. McGinn (Historical Theology/Univ. of Chicago ... Read full review

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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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Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His many books include "Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil" and "The Presence of God," a multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism.

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