Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil

Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil

by Bernard McGinn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231119771

ISBN-13: 9780231119771

Pub. Date: 11/30/1999

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231119771
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/30/1999
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Antichrist in the New Millennium xi
Preface xix
Introduction 1(8)
Perversion, Blasphemy, and Abomination: Jewish Visions of God's Enemies and the Last Days (c. 200 B. C. E.--50 C. E.)
9(24)
Christ's Alter Ego: The Second Adam and His Opposite (50--100)
33(24)
Persecution, Heresy, and Self-Deceit: Antichrist in Developing Christianity (100--500)
57(22)
Antichrist Established: The Final Enemy in the Early Middle Ages (500--1100)
79(35)
Church Reform and Antichrist's Imminence (1100--1200)
114(29)
Counterfeit Holiness: The Papal Antichrist (1200--1335)
143(30)
Antichrist on the Eve of the Reformation (1335--1500)
173(27)
Antichrist Divided: Reformers, Catholics, and Puritans Debate Antichrist (1500--1660)
200(31)
Antichrist in Decline (1660--1900)
231(19)
Antichrist Our Contemporary
250(31)
Notes 281(72)
Index 353

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