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A Brief History of the End of the World : From Revelation to Eco-Disaster - Simon Pearson

A Brief History of the End of the World

From Revelation to Eco-Disaster

Paperback Published: 24th August 2006
ISBN: 9781845291600
Number Of Pages: 310

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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 warfare. What happens when, in the grip of apocalyptic prophesy, individuals and groups see themselves as the 'elect' and above conventional mores? As with the Ranters of the English Civil War, it can lead to comedy. But it can also lead to sinister extremism - the Nazis recast it as the Third Reich; latter-day doomsday cults such as the Waco Branch Davidians believed that they too were divinely elected - and could kill in the name of the coming apocalypse.

The world today is in the grip of an apocalyptic struggle between the neo-Conservatives in America and a supposed global network of Islamic fundamentalists. For Bush, the war is a 'crusade', for Osama Bin Laden it is a jihad; for both, it is a struggle against absolute evil. From its Biblical beginnings to suicide bombers, via the Vikings, the French Revolution, the Pilgrim Fathers, Hitler's Apocalyptic rhetoric, asteroids and Hollywood, Pearson shows that as long as human beings seek to make sense of the world in which they live, endings will continue to have a future.

About the Author

Simon Pearson's first-class Oxford degree led to an M Litt on DH Lawrence and the Apocalypse. He is now the head of English at a tutorial college in London.

The nuts have taken over

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It was depressing to think so many people believe in the end of the world silliness. Our time on earth is short, don't waste it by believing that you are one of the chosen people destine for a better place. A better way is to spent your time enjoying your time instead of trying to destroy Earth so it can rebound with the real believers taking over the corrupt and vile earth.

Tamworth

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Comprehensive Book Regarding the Subject

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Very comprehensive book on the subject covering ecological, space, religious etc. A very good introduction to the topic

Hamilton Vic

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great read

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Great read and good references for other reading.

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ISBN: 9781845291600
ISBN-10: 1845291603
Series: Brief History of
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 24th August 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26

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