A History of the End of the World

A History of the End of the World

How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Sourse of Western Civilization

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
An evaluation of how the Book of Revelation has significantly influenced history and the modern world cites its place at the heart of culture wars between governments and religions, discussing such topics as how it was nearly cut from the New Testament, the role of the book in the fall of the Roman Empire and the Black Death, and its use in the establishment of foreign policy. 50,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

A remarkable and unprecedented examination of how the Book of Revelations has been used and abused from Roman times to the present day.

The mysterious author of the Book of Revelations (or the Apocalypse, as the last book of the New Testament is also known) never considered that his sermon on the impending end times would last beyond his own life. In fact, he predicted the destruction of the earth would be witnessed by his contemporaries. Yet Revelation not only outlived its creator, this vivid and violent revenge fantasy has played a significant role in the march of Western Civilization.

Ever since Revelation was first preached as the revealed word of Jesus Christ, it has haunted and inspired hearers and readers alike. The mark of the beast, the antichrist, 666, the whore of Babylon, Armageddon, and the four horsemen of the apocalypse are just a few of the images, phrases and codes that have burned their way into the fabric of our culture. The questions raised go straight to the heart of the human fear of death and obsession with the afterlife. Will we, individually or collectively, ride off to glory or will we drown in hellfire for all eternity? As those who best manipulate this dark vision learned, what side we fall on is often a matter of life or death. Honed into a weapon in the ongoing culture wars between states, religions, and citizenry, Revelation has significantly altered the march of history.



Baker
& Taylor

An evaluation of how the book of Revelation has significantly influenced history and the modern world cites its place at the heart of culture wars between governments and religions, discussing such topics as how it was nearly cut from the New Testament, the role of the book in the fall of the Roman Empire, and its use in the establishment of foreign policy.

Publisher: [San Francisco, CA] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060816988
0060816988
9780061349874
0061349879
Characteristics: 340 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm

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