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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,468 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Scritto nel 1907 questo romanzo profetico racconta l'ascesa del grande filantropo Giuliano Felsemburgh, democratico e rassicurante, fautore della pace mondiale, che realizza un mondo ideale con l'avvento di un nuovo umanitarismo che stempera le differenze fra le religioni e predica la tolleranza universale. Tutto viene accettato fuorché la Chiesa Cattolica, che - sempre in ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published 1997 by Jaca Book (first published 1907)
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Vincent Calvert I recommend asking Google this question.

But what I can gather from what I have read is its essentially a story of the coming of the Anti-Christ. It is…more
I recommend asking Google this question.

But what I can gather from what I have read is its essentially a story of the coming of the Anti-Christ. It is set in a dark future England. The world is chaotic and on the brink of war. Religion is fizzling out; protestant church is gone and the remaining Catholics are finding it more and more difficult to retain their numbers. Theres a huge atheist movement that is taking over and the world is becoming centralized and a number of biblical prophesies are coming true.
Its an intriguing read. Read it for the fiction story. Dont use it as a spiritual tool to determine the end times, like others do.(less)

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Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian readers troubled by current conditions
Shelves: science-fiction
In the real world of the early 21st century, the Western world, which dominates the rest of the world economically and politically, is similarly dominated internally by a ruling wealthy political and cultural elite. That elite is united behind a worldview that serves them as a de facto state religion, the basic tenets of which are: materialistic atheism that rejects any concept of a transcendent God as not only misguided but evil; idealization (and idolization) of a deified Mankind, while denyin ...more
It’s hard to remember this book is over one hundred years old. Technologically speaking it’s out-moded, of course. Robert Hugh Benson’s ‘volors’ (flying machines which sound like Zeppelins) zip along at 150 mph and people rely on typewriters for administrative work, but Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles is far more dated and it’s fifty years newer.

Where Lord of the World stands up to the test of time is in its presentation of ideas. Written in 1907, it accurately predicts a future world whi
Dhanaraj Rajan
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, favorites
Not sure what to write as a review.

Loved reading this book. And the dystopia presented in the book is very visible in today's world. This book was written in the begiining of the 20th century (1907). It imagines the future (2000) when Humanity-Religion (Humanitarianism) will overtake the entire world. The oly challenge it will feel will be from the Catholic religion which will by then reduced to a small minority. The whole world will unite under one leadership (Lord of the World) having one 'rel
At the turn of the 21st century, war between the states of Europe and the East threatens; at the midnight hour, however, comes an obscure American politician, a senator of no fame, whose cosmopolitan charm allows him to calm the troubled diplomatic waters and prevent a century of peace and prosperity from being overturned by strife. Hailed as a savior, the rising star becomes a pivotal figure in world affairs – but the epitome of modernity, this senator has a far darker role to play in cosmic hi ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was ready to give this book 5 stars right up until the last page, maybe even the last line. The writing is lush, complex, with the sort of Victorian-era delight in rich and beautiful language that one seldom encounters these days and it was a joy to read. Here's an example:

It was a very upright old man that [Father Franklin] saw in the chair before him, of medium height and girth, with hands clasping the bosses of his chair-arms, and an appearance of great and deliberate dignity. But it was at
Manuel Alfonseca
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An apocalyptic novel written in 1907. Personally, I prefer A canticle for Leibowitz, which seems to me better built and more believable, because the apocalyptic end is caused by man himself, rather than by unexplained acts of God.
There are two kinds of atheism:
1. Optimistic atheism, which replaces faith in God by an overpowering faith in Man. God, in this view, is the result of evolution, not its cause. The last question, a short story by Asimov, could be considered the most concise representati
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our Pope Francis is full of surprises. This book is on his list of favorites! It is in the public domain so is available for free in the kindle store and is available free in audio on librivox. I read it both ways. The author was a Catholic priest, so there is definitely a Catholic perspective, but I think that anyone would find the book a page-turner. Fr. Robert Hugh Benson wrote it in 1907 and it is shocking how prophetic it is. Honestly, I think it would be a very interesting read especially ...more
Although this book of fiction was written over 100 years ago the author accurately predicted the radical changes that have not only taken place in the 20th century but may occur especially in relation to the emergence of air travel,constant berating & actual warfare against the Catholic Church, ready acceptance of euthanasia as a form of so-called medical treatment & most important of all the election by the world's population of the new Messiah who comes forth as a gentle,peace loving & ...more
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion-fiction
Freakishly prophetic to today's world "theology" of secular humanism and all that encompasses- even though this book was written in 1907. I read this book in a few days it was so hard to put down and a flowing read. The major point I remember from it is the recognition of how important it will be to be fully in the state of grace in the time of "the" Anti-Christ because of how easily the masses will be fooled and believe in him.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visionario, apocalittico, inquietante... Fa pensare. Il problema di fondo che attanaglia Benson e che viene trattato nel romanzo, è la crisi del sacro, o meglio, la possibile estinzione della fede in Cristo rimpiazzata da una generica religione dell'Umanità che metta tutti d'accordo e in buona pace con la coscienza.
Benson scrive nel 1907, quando i principali pericoli per la fede cristiana (e cattolica, Benson era un anglicano convertitosi al cattolicesimo) erano lo scientismo positivistico, il m
Jul 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Raramente ho letto un romanzo così brutto. La trama avrebbe potuto essere una splendida occasione di spunti di riflessione su questioni non banali: l’opposizione tra laicità e fede (è necessario essere credenti per avere etica e morale?); la necessità politica di un “padrone del mondo” (l’uomo senza Dio ha necessità di avere un “uomo forte” al potere?). Ma nulla di tutto questo è stato sviluppato. Pur non essendo credente, una Christian-fiction non mi avrebbe disturbato se solo fosse stata una b ...more
Chris Fellows
In this book a practically unknown one-term United States senator with a charismatic personality and a magnetic speaking voice comes to power in 2008 and turns out to be the Antichrist. Honest.

Yes, this is basically the same plot as a book I was handed by a wild-eyed fellow outside Redfern station a decade ago. You may have been handed the same book. However, in this case: (1) it is the Protestants who cave immediately to join the Antichrist while the Catholics are the persecuted minority fighti
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Il libro è stato scritto nel 1907 da un prete anglicano R.H. Benson, convertitosi al Cattolicesimo qualche anno prima e, di recente, ne è stata consigliata la lettura da Papa Francesco facendolo diventare di moda in alcuni ambienti cattolici.

Dico subito che io non ho apprezzato questo libro: l’ho trovato in buona parte noioso, con i personaggi privi di spessore e con una trama poco convincente anche se alcuni aspetti, per così dire, premonitori del futuro possono colpire il lettore.

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I found it a bit tough to get through. I found him spending too much time on the descriptions of a persons interior movement and redescribing it over and over. I was impatient with them and skimmed a bunch getting to the action. It could have been cut down to a more bone and quicker story in some ways.
Evan Kristiansen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, what is there to say about this book? It's fantastic, heart wrenching, conflicting, and beautiful. At it's heart it's a story about man's pursuit of higher ideals, but in practice it's an apocalyptic vision of the so-called progress of modern man.

The book follows three main characters, a young priest - who represents the "outmoded" Catholic worldview-, a politician in the new world government - representing rigid idealism and utilitarianism-, and the politician's wife - representing the
Frank Roberts
First off, let me say that this book is very Catholic. Catholic ritual, phraseology, and views play major roles, and the chief protagonist is a Catholic priest. As this book was written by a Catholic convert and priest, this is not too surprising.

Writing in the first decade of the 20th century, but depicting the 21st century, Benson's vision of the future fails in some respects, but is eerily prescient in others. His technological imagination anticipates nuclear weapons and interstate highways
May 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know why old white catholics are so weird
Recommended to Nusato by: Joseph Ratzinger
I really hate books where people forget that they write what they know. For instance, this author for some reason doesn't know anything about Islam or Africa, so he writes off an entire continent and an entire religion in two paragraphs and completely removes them from the story. An end of times story with no Africa. Or any black people. Yellow ones get mentioned in passing as well, and America is only the birthplace of the Anti-Christ and then a whiny bitch of a nation in later sections. Everyt ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-list
Lord of the World: A Novel, by Robert Hugh Benson, is a classic I had never heard of, but which boasts "I advise you to read it" - Pope Francis on the front cover.

Ave Maria Press released a new edition in 2016 of this 1907 novel. Confession: I skipped the (probably very interesting and educational) introduction by Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., and just dove into the book. I had no clue what it was about, aside from the back cover's assertion that it's "one of the first dystopian novels of the twentieth
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I decided to pick up this novel after reading that Pope Francis highly recommended it. An excellent novel about a dystopian, atheistic future, the rise of Antichrist, and the final persecution of the Church. It's hard to believe the novel was written over 100 years ago, because in many ways it is proving prophetic...the rise of atheism, commonplace availability of euthanasia, and a search for a Godless "peace" that justifies war and death to attain it.

The only significant drawback is that some
May 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have rated this book lower if there hadn't been one somewhat likable character in it.
I might have rated it higher if the author had not forced that character to commit suicide for no good reason and tried to make it seem like it actually made sense for that to happen.
As it was, I don't want to rate it one star since it was not as bad as the worst book I have ever read. However, the description for two stars- "it was ok" - is inaccurate and far too complimentary for the book.
Elisabeth pifer
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1907, as current as today's thoughts in trends in relativism and humanistic philosophies.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book describes the author's vision of the end of the "long defeat" of history (to borrow from Tolkein). The book is engaging on a number of levels. It was written in 1907 and takes places a century or more in the future (from then) (I don't recall if there's an exact date, but probably somewhere around 2030 or so). The book essentially describes the coming of the anti-Christ and the end of days. The book is a novel, though, and there are few, if any, references to revelation, i.e., it's not ...more
Ulyses Berlin
Es un libro intrigante y bien escrito. Es asombroso cómo el autor describió, hace más de cien años, fenómenos sociales que están aconteciendo en la actualidad. Mantiene el interés desde la primera hasta la última página. Muy recomendable.
Richard Grebenc
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Evandro Menezes
I just finished reading this book this weekend. It's an interesting novel published in 1906 about a then futuristic 21st century by Robert Benson, the son of an Anglican bishop who converted to Catholicism.
The story depicts a technological century where thoroughfares, telecommunications and air travel are common, though with a Victorian flavor, for the highways are paved with rubber, people have telegraphs at home and fly on airships.
But it also has other almost prophetic descriptions of the soc
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic, british
Because this book has stayed with me for weeks after reading, I must change my three star review. This book accurately predicted a good portion of what's going on now. The idea of a world government holding so much power and how the characters respond to that power is thought provoking. Actually, it's downright scary. I don't know why Pope Francis recommends this but it might be because of the fight over religious liberty. Four stars.
Highly recommended by Pope Francis. Before 1984, a
Seth Holler
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lean narrative, sometimes propulsive, sometimes pathetic (martyrdoms on pp 176-7), and sometimes a thinly-veiled pamphlet. Also a bit sloppy (the chronology is irregular, for instance). Makes an interesting contrast with Rolfe's HADRIAN THE SEVENTH. In Rolfe, the pope engineers world peace, while in Benson that task falls to the Antichrist. (That Christ came to bring "not peace but a sword" is Benson's chief theme.) Both novels also feature protagonists with doppelgängers.

The figure of Mr Fran
Jerrod Carter
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a book that will make the contemplate its message for some time to come, and Lord of the World has accomplished that. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in where the arguments for humanism must logically end.

The author is writing from a decidedly Catholic perspective, but the story could easily be extended by an open-minded reader to include all Christians in the persecutions depicted, or even all people of resolute faith.

I especially liked the author's portrayal of the proc
Ulyses Berlin
Se trata de una novela distópica ambientada en lo que la Biblia se conoce como el Apocalipsis. En la novela se ve cómo la figura del Anticristo aparece como un líder político que convence a los ciudadanos, nada que ver con figuras sobrenaturales y espectaculares. Robert Benson describe con genialidad los sutiles métodos de atracción y la lenta pero imparable destrucción de la Iglesia Católica, como único reducto rebelde contra el Nuevo Orden Mundial. Sorprende saber que este libro fue escrito en ...more
Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An end of days/sci-fi book written by a Catholic priest in 1906. It is very surprising to see how many things he got right. Of course it is unabashedly preachy and Catholic, but it is interesting all the same. The prologue is 5 stars and definitely worth checking out.
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Robert Hugh Benson (18 November 1871 – 19 October 1914) was an Anglican pastor who joined the Roman Catholic Church (1903) where he was ordained priest in 1904. Youngest son of Edward White Benson (Archbishop of Canterbury) and his wife, Mary, and younger brother of Edward Frederic Benson, he was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable ...more
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“It was incredible, she told herself, that this ravening monster, dripping blood from claws and teeth, that had arisen roaring in the night, could be the Humanity that had become her God. She had thought revenge and cruelty and slaughter to be the brood of Christian superstition, dead and buried under the new-born angel of light, and now it seemed that the monsters yet stirred and lived.” 3 likes
“Yet Percy, even in the glimpses he had had in the streets, as he drove from the volor station outside the People's Gate, of the old peasant dresses, the blue and red-fringed wine carts, the cabbage-strewn gutters, the wet clothes flapping on strings, the mules and horses -- strange though these were, he had found them a refreshment. It had seemed to remind him that man was human, and not divine as the rest of the world proclaimed -- human, and therefore careless and individualistic; human, and therefore occupied with interests other than those of speed, cleanliness, and precision.” 2 likes
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