Black Mass - How Religion Led the World into Crisis

Black Mass - How Religion Led the World into Crisis

by John Gray (2)


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Black Mass - How Religion Led the World into Crisis by John Gray (2)

Fascinating, enlightening, and epic in scope, Black Mass looks at the historic and modern faces of Utopian ideology: Society’s Holy Grail, but at what price?

During the last century global politics was shaped by Utopian projects. Pursuing a dream of a world without evil, powerful states waged war and practised terror on an unprecedented scale. From Germany to Russia to China to Afghanistan, entire societies were destroyed.

Utopian ideologies rejected traditional faiths and claimed to be based in science. They were actually secular versions of the myth of Apocalypse–the belief in a world-changing event that brings history, with all its conflicts, to an end. The war in Iraq was the last of these attempts at creating a secular Utopia, promising a new era of democracy and producing blood-soaked anarchy and an emerging theocracy instead.

John Gray’s powerful and frightening new book argues that the death of Utopia does not mean peace. Instead it portends the resurgence of ancient myths, now in openly fundamentalist forms. Obscurely mixed with geo-political struggles for the control of natural resources, apocalyptic religion has returned as a major force in global conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385662666
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

John Gray is the author of the critically acclaimed books Straw Dogs, Heresies, False Dawn, and Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, he has been a professor of politics at Oxford, a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale, and is currently professor of European thought at the London School of Economics.

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