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Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World

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In Racing Toward Armageddon, Michael Baigent, the New York Times bestselling author of The Jesus Papers and Holy Blood, Holy Grail, exposes the conspiracy of religious extremists in the Holy Land and their efforts to bring about the end of the world in our lifetime. Baigent expose the many diverse, public, and clandestine figures who are driving this perilous messianic mes ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
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Христо Блажев
Надпревара за Армагедон, борба кой ще избие човечеството за славата божия:

"…би трябвало да сме подозрителни към всеки – мъж или жена, който чете само една книга,
независимо дали е Тората, Библията или Корана."

По принцип не си падам по конспиративни книги, а “Надпревара за Армагедон” на Майкъл Бейджънт изглеждаше точно така, особено ако трябва да бъде съдена по оригиналната корица – за радост обаче едно ревю в “Приумици” за нея ме убеди, че макар авторът о
This book looks at the three major religions, with an emphasis on Christianity and it's role in modern America and the rest of the world. Definitely not a book for fundamentalists, and probably not for Protestants or evangelicals, either.
Baigent examines the dogma, how and why it came about, and where it's going. Startling, yet fully plausible. I recommend it to everybody, but especially conspiracy theorists, and maybe even more especially to people who believe Zionists are running the world.
Because this book was published in 2009, the author can't state what he thinks of Harold Camping's two failed predictions of the end of the world in 2011. However, he does a very good job of detailing the three monotheistic religions and their ideas and prophecies about the end of the world. "Armageddon" (or Har-Mageddon) appears only once in the Bible, in the book of Revelation. However, loose interpretations of the text as well as of the Koran and other holy writings have convinced many that t ...more
When an author fails to be consistent, I lose respect for him and unfortunately the remaining content of the book.

As an example, he begins by stating that the Bible is metaphorical, not historical, and cannot be believed. But then, when he deals with the prophetic aspects of the Bible, he sees them as literal not metaphorical. He needs to make up his mind and stay with one position.

If a suicide bomber approached you (because of your religion, your favorite baseball team, who cares what the reaso
JoAnn Jordan
Jan 17, 2010 JoAnn Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book on the influences of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic beliefs about the end times. It gives a convincing view of how these traditions are effecting life today. It brings understanding of these worldviews.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how major religions are influencing our lives today and into the future.
Sep 22, 2012 Phil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A waste of my time!
Nov 13, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Racing Toward Armageddon
By Michael Baigent

Publisher: Harper One
Published In: New York, New York, USA
Date: 2009
Pgs: 276

The world of the fundamentalist religious factions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are explored by one of the co-authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

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Where the author compares where we are in modern society and religion with the Dark Ages while asking th
May 14, 2013 Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's the scoop: this book was very interesting at tying together the Abrahamic apocalyptic sects and stories of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The book tends to focus on Christianity, as apocalyptic evangelical Christians are at the forefront of the end-of-times scenario with the New Testament's Book of Revelations. The author uses logic and history to debunk, more or less, the apocalyptic way of thinking for each religion. While he does use some tongue-in-cheek and facetious comments throu ...more
Lynn Coffren
I have always enjoyed Michael Baigent's books even though some of his topics are a bit on the edge of sensationalism. This one I enjoyed also, it was an interesting read and brought home the dangers of extreme fundamentalism. Still, in the last couple of chapters the book seemed to lose some of its cohesiveness, and Baigent went on multiple tangents at once. Still, it's worth reading, give it a chance.
Jonathan Lu
Jul 31, 2013 Jonathan Lu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting read... not quite as far fetched as Mr. Baigent's other theories (Da Vinci Code inspiration) but a logically sounded explanation given historical context for the background of the writing of the Book of Revelations. For every (thankfully not that many) yahoo out there trying to bring about the end of the world, there deserves a place in this world for men like Baigent who albeit are a bit extreme, serve to weigh down the other side. Still brings about an interesting question... ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
It was very sensationalistic.
Fred Reynolds
Feb 22, 2015 Fred Reynolds rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Written with extreme prejudice. Some interesting points, but the author seems brainwashed.
Shane Savage
Mar 26, 2015 Shane Savage rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh My, what a rebellious, blind soul is the Author.
A Mason, and in love with Egyptian mysticism.

Jamie Belanger
Jan 21, 2015 Jamie Belanger rated it really liked it
An interesting look at the three monotheistic religions and how followers of their fundamentalist factions view prophecies regarding the end of the world (and how they're trying to bring that end to fruition as quickly as possible).
Interesting account of the three monotheistic religions, with particular attention to the fundamentalist components of said religions, and their conceptions of the final war between God and unruly mankind, Armageddon.
Jun 22, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fasinating and completely scary in terms of level of crazy in religous fanatics on all sides! Jumps to some probably less then scientific/logical conclusions but I found it really interesting.
Danica Champion
Some really good historical information. Not an easy read, had to go back and reread a lot to get what he was saying. He's pretty offensive to Christians.
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Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, and holds a master's degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent in England. Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children.

Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. He has
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