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Apocalypse by Charles B. Strozier
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Aug 23, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: anthropology, religion
Read in July, 2009

I found this book fascinating. Strozier, an atheist, historian and psychoanalyst explores the culture of fundamentalism in Manhattan. He visits fellowships from Harlem to Wall Street talking to people about their belief in the coming end of the world. What was interesting is how invested these people were in their own vision of what was going to happen. Everyone had their own version of coming events. The author talks about how each person's experience informed their view. So much for the Bible being inerrant.

The second part of the book, he writes about endism, as he calls it has been part of America's history, and how it is part of our society. It is even a big issue in New Age thinking.
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