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A brief history of the end of the world [from revelation to eco-disaster]

Author: Simon Pearson
Publisher: London : Robinson, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. When apocalyptic prophecy catches fire, the results can be absurd like the let-it-all-hang-out antics of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Pearson
ISBN: 1845291603 9781845291600
OCLC Number: 1060852920
Notes: "From Revelation to eco-disaster."
Description: 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: End of the world
Responsibility: Simon Pearson.

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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. When apocalyptic prophecy catches fire, the results can be absurd like the let-it-all-hang-out antics of the 17th-century Ranters. But it can also lead to horror the Nazis recast it as the Third Reich; militias in America have killed in the name of the coming apocalypse. We are currently in the grip of an apocalyptic struggle for Bush and his neo-Conservatives, the war is a 'crusade', for Osama Bin Laden and his supposed network of Islamic fundamentalists it is a jihad; for both, it is a battle against absolute evil that will usher in a new age for the elect."--Pub. desc.

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