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A history of the end of the world: how the most controversial book in the Bible changed the course of Western civilization – Jonathan Kirsch

By Jonathan Kirsch (Author)
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"[The Book of] Revelation has served as a "language arsenal" in a great many of the social, cultural, and political …



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"[The Book of] Revelation has served as a "language arsenal" in a great many of the social, cultural, and political conflicts in Western history. Again and again, Revelation has stirred some dangerous men and women to act out their own private apocalypses. Above all, the moral calculus of Revelation—the demonization of one's enemies, the sanctification of revenge taking, and the notion that history must end in catastrophe—can be detected in some of the worst atrocities and excesses of every age, including our own. For all of these reasons, the rest of us ignore the book of Revelation only at our impoverishment and, more to the point, at our own peril."The mysterious author of the Book of Revelation (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 that the destruction of the earth would...

Language: english
ISBN 10: 0-06-081698-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-081698-8
Year: 2009
Pages: 352
File Type: PDF

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