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From the PublisherASA 2010 DistinguishedBook Award - Religion Section
"This learned and provocative study will long remain central in thediscussions to follow."
"Hall's mastery of this literature enables him to construct of anew theory of modernity that has an explanatory power that is clearand compelling. Apocalypse is a dense work, rich in detail andinformation, that is well worth reading."
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
"A masterly account of a phenomenon that, far from passing outwith the coming of modernity,seems intent on re-charging it withits own turbulent passions."
European Journal of Social Theory
"An extraordinarily erudite and readable book about theapocalyptic imaginary and its range over three millenia."
Review of Politics
"In this brilliantly conceived study, Hall not only presents afascinating array of images about the end of time from antiquity tothe present, but also forces us to rethink the role of apocalypticthinking in the human imagination. This mind-bending study shows usthat there is an apocalyptic strand to modernity and history, andwill affect our own way of thinking about the global future."
Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, SantaBarbara
"This is a necessary book. Theoretically sophisticated,historically erudite, Hall explains the contemporary crisis in anew way. Conflicts between the religious and the secular have givenway to confrontations between sacred and profane. Apocalypse hasentered fully into modern history, and it may be here tostay."
Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University
"The apocalyptic imagination, the idea that historical timecould come to an end is indeed a fascinating one. Moreover, as welearn from John R. Hall's impressive study, this idea itself has ahistory which he traces across the centuries from Ancient Babyloniato contemporary America and Islamic radicalism. The book representsa highly illuminating analysis of the reality and power of socialimaginations of time and the end of times."
Martin Riesebrodt, University of Chicago
"Anyone who has ever wondered 'What on earth is the world comingto?' should read Apocalypse. Few will fail to learn muchfrom this masterly tour de force as John Hall takes us on asometimes astonishing, occasionally chilling, and always grippingjourney through history, explaining how alternative visions of timecan herald alternative versions of The End."
Eileen Barker, London School of Economics