Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity / Edition 1

Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity / Edition 1

by John R. Hall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745645089

ISBN-13: 9780745645087

Pub. Date: 08/03/2009

Publisher: Wiley

For most of us, "Apocalypse" suggests the cataclysmic end of the world. Yet in Greek "apocalypse" means "revelation," and the real subject of the Book of Revelation is how the sacred arises in history at a moment of crisis and destiny. With origins in ancient religions, the apocalyptic has been a transformative force from the time of the Crusades, through the

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For most of us, "Apocalypse" suggests the cataclysmic end of the world. Yet in Greek "apocalypse" means "revelation," and the real subject of the Book of Revelation is how the sacred arises in history at a moment of crisis and destiny. With origins in ancient religions, the apocalyptic has been a transformative force from the time of the Crusades, through the Reformation, the French Revolution, and modern communism, all the way to the present-day "Islamic Jihad" and "War on Terror." In Apocalypse, John R. Hall explores the significance of apocalyptic movements and the role they have played in the rise of the West and "The Empire of Modernity."

This striking cross-disciplinary study offers a novel basis for rethinking our social order and its ambivalent relations to sacred history. Apocalypse will attract general readers seeking new understandings of the world in challenging times. Scholars and students will find a compelling synthesis that draws them into conversation with others interested in religion, theology, culture, philosophy, and phenomenology, as well as sociology, social theory, Western civilization, and world history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745645087
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/03/2009
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

1. Seeing through the apocalypse.

2. The ancient origins of history and the apocalypse.

3. Medieval Christendom and its Others.

4. Apocalypse re-formed.

5. Modernity and the apocalyptic.

6. Radical Islam and the globalized apocalyptic.

7. The last apocalypse?

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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