Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil

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Overview

In this timely and sweeping exploration, one of the greatest living historians of Christian thought traces the concept of Antichrist from its Judeo-Christian origins to the present day. Rooted in Second Temple Judaism--a period of intense religious and political disruption--Antichrist developed out of belief in malevolent angelic and human forces. McGinn demonstrates how Antichrist has often reflected the human need to comprehend the persistence of evil in the world, and examines how it has haunted popular imagination in both the form of indivuduals--such as Nero, Napoleon, and Saddam Hussein--and groups--Jews, heretics, Muslims.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

www.ufo.se - Stefan Isaksson

First and foremost, it's very well written... The book is still masterpiece of thorough academic religious research.

Choice - C. H. Lippy

A splendid historical survey of images of Antichrist in the Western religious traditions....The book's topic is timely, its scholarship impeccable, and its presentation masterful.

www.ufo.se
First and foremost, it's very well written... The book is still masterpiece of thorough academic religious research.

— Stefan Isaksson

Christian Century - John Van Engen

I can only salute this broad, judicious yet comprehensive survey of beliefs about the Antichrist....This is a wonderful, beautifully written and challenging book, surely the best one-volume introduction to the subject.

Choice - C.H. Lippy
A splendid historical survey of images of Antichrist in the Western religious traditions....The book's topic is timely, its scholarship impeccable, and its presentation masterful.
Christian Century
I can only salute this broad, judicious yet comprehensive survey of beliefs about the Antichrist....This is a wonderful, beautifully written and challenging book, surely the best one-volume introduction to the subject.

— John Van Engen, director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame

Choice
A splendid historical survey of images of Antichrist in the Western religious traditions....The book's topic is timely, its scholarship impeccable, and its presentation masterful.

— C. H. Lippy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231119771
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/1999
  • Pages: 369
  • Sales rank: 1,011,439
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelly Professor of Historical Theology and History of Christianity at the University of Chicago, is the author of many books, including Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Traditions in the Middle Ages (Columbia).

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Perversion, Blasphemy, and Abomination: Jewish Visions of God's Enemies and the Last Days c. 200 B.C.E.-50 C.E. 9
2 Christ's Alter Ego: The Second Adam and His Opposite 50-100 33
3 Persecution, Heresy, and Self-Deceit: Antichrist in Developing Christianity 100-500 57
4 Antichrist Established: The Final Enemy in the Early Middle Ages 500-1100 79
5 Church Reform and Antichrist's Imminence 1100-1200 114
6 Counterfeit Holiness: The Papal Antichrist 1200-1335 143
7 Antichrist on the Eve of the Reformation 1335-1500 173
8 Antichrist Divided: Reformers, Catholics, and Puritans Debate Antichrist 1500-1660 200
9 Antichrist in Decline 1660-1900 231
10 Antichrist Our Contemporary 250
Notes 281
Index 353
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