Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession” as Want to Read:
Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Naming the Antichrist, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Naming the Antichrist

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 68)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
Jun 26, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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.

One c
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.
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.
Carlos Gardea
Carlos Gardea rated it it was ok
Mar 16, 2016
Catalin Negru
Catalin Negru rated it liked it
Feb 22, 2016
Olga marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2015
Tem Yousafi
Tem Yousafi marked it as to-read
Jul 06, 2015
Shawn rated it really liked it
May 31, 2015
Becky rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2015
Chloe.h. marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2015
Alyssa rated it really liked it
Nov 29, 2014
Nan Yielding
Nan Yielding rated it really liked it
Nov 15, 2014
Jessica marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2014
Jorelyn  Blay
Jorelyn Blay marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2014
David Anderson
David Anderson rated it liked it
Oct 01, 2015
Sarah Browning
Sarah Browning marked it as to-read
Jun 29, 2014
Ashley marked it as to-read
Jun 28, 2014
Rebecca marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2014
Evangelina Flores
Evangelina Flores marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2014
Alyssa marked it as to-read
Jun 06, 2014
Reagan marked it as to-read
May 17, 2014
Scott marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2014
Steve marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Robert C. Fuller...

Share This Book