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A brief history of the end of the world

Author: Simon
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. Alternative apocalypses can be found in the Zoroastrianism of ancient Persia, in ancient Hindu scriptures and Norse myths. 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 or nuclear and biological  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon
ISBN: 1845291603 9781845291600
OCLC Number: 72762152
Notes: "From Revelation to eco-disaster"--Cover.
Description: 310 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: 1. The origins of apocalyptic faith --
2. The birth of apocalyptic faith --
3. Visions of the end in Europe : part one --
4. Visions of the end in Europe : part two --
5. War and apocalypse in the twentieth century --
6. Apocalypse in America : part one --
7. Apocalypse in America : part two --
8. The end of the world as we know it.
Other Titles: End of the world
Responsibility: Simon Pearson.

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The world is in the grip of an apocalyptic struggle between the neo-Conservatives in America and a global network of Islamic fundamentalists. From its beginnings to suicide bombers, through to the  Read more...

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