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Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession

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The Antichrist, though mentioned a mere four times in the Bible, and then only obscurely, has exercised a tight hold on popular imagination throughout history. This has been particularly true in the U.S., says author Robert C. Fuller, where Americans have tended to view our nation as uniquely blessed by God--a belief that leaves us especially prone to demonizing our enemie ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 6th 1995)
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Lee Harmon
Feb 25, 2014 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing
Will the Antichrist never quit dogging us?

This is a fascinating peek into America’s obsession with the Antichrist, from the time of our founding as a nation until today. While the Bible speaks of antichrists in only two short books–First and Second John–and while these passages refer only to people who have already lived, fundamentalist churches 2,000 years later still anticipate the arrival of a demonic force akin to Revelation’s Beast of the Sea. This “Antichrist” may take the form of an organ
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Jeff
Jun 26, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing
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One of my favourite books of all time. I had to read this one in university and it completely engaged me and still does after the tenth read through. Fuller traces the American historical culture, intertwining it with this concept of the antichrist. An antichrist that has little to no actual existence in the bible itself. Essentially the connection between America and this concept is a form of a justification of violence. The use of the antichrist model allows Americans, more specifically Americ ...more
Daniel Silliman
Mar 25, 2016 Daniel Silliman rated it it was ok
This overview of American evangelical apocalyptic thinking has some serious problems. For one, the attempted breadth means putting disparate things together and acting like they're the same. For another, the book offers the standard psychologized interpretation of apocalyptic thinking, missing a lot of important detail and nuance. At points, it seems the book is more intent on explaining away apocalyptic thinking than explaining it.

Could still serve as a decent starting point, e.g. in the class
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Sally
May 14, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it
Good academic overview of Protestant apocalyptic thought in America. It explains why some of those on the religious right are immune to appeals to reason, common sense, the common good, etc. Only their own interpretation of the Bible, history and current events carries any weight. In fact, many of them see reason, science, social justice, peace, interfaith understanding, and the environmental movement as the deceptively attractive appearance assumed by the Antichrist to lead people astray.

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Martha
Apr 29, 2009 Martha added it
This is an excellent history of this obsession It is well written and very understandable even to laymen. It lays out this obsession in the US and among many Christians. I would recommend it to anyone with interest in this subject.
Jenbscott
Apr 03, 2010 Jenbscott rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure whether Fuller is overestimating the Puritan influence on current US ideology, but this book is truly fascinating anyway.
Alford Wayman
Nov 11, 2011 Alford Wayman rated it it was amazing
One of the best overviews of American evangelical apocalyptic thought.
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Dr. Robert Fuller has received national and international acclaim for his unique contributions in the areas of American cultural history and the interaction of religion and the social sciences. Author of twelve books, including five by Oxford University Press, and numerous articles published in professional journals, he is among the top authorities in his field with a number of his books being use ...more
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