Don't be left behind. Who knew that doomsday would be so hot? Environmental disasters, disease epidemics, the popularity of reality television, and strife in the Middle East, may all be signs that time has come today. Weak and ailing after the end of the Cold War and the financial spree of the nineties, the timeless notion that the end is near is once again exerting a powerful influence on pop culture, politics, religion, and Mel Gibson.
So you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction? Authors Jim and Barbara Willis mine the religious and secular divide as they examine the history of apocalyptic beliefs in Armageddon. The authors explain the various omens and prophecies as well as the actual events that may trigger the end, such as collisions with asteroids, nuclear war, the oil crisis, global warming, and famine. They report that even the death of Pope John Paul II has some prognosticators predicting eminent doom, or at least doom coming relatively soon, which in any case would make investing in treasury bonds a bigger risk.
But as the authors point out, there have always been plenty of signs pointing to the boom in gloom: predicting the order of finish kept Nostradamus in print for centuries, and the ancient Mayans helpfully projected that calendar sales would drop to nothing after 2012. They are all part of the long history on the end of history.
Fire or ice, bang or whimper, asteroid or alien, act of God or human folly, Armageddon Now is all over doomsday prophecies. From alpha to omega, it is packed with 200 entries and 100 illustrations. Satan, saints, survivalists, and evangelical preachers known for their views on Biblical prophecies receive their due. In the end, the end has never been so thoroughly covered as in Armageddon: The End of the World A to Z. It's the last word for the end user.
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About the Author
While doing most of the research for this book, Jim and Barbara Willis lived for a year and a half in a 30-foot fifth-wheel RV trailer, traveling throughout the Southwest, a mostly pleasant way to envision the final big bang. Jim Willis has served as an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ for more than thirty years and wrote, produced, and hosted the “Through the Bible Series,” a daily drive-time radio program. He is an author, musician, college professor, and lecturer, teaching courses in comparative religion and cross-cultural studies. His study of the world’s religions, The Religion Book: Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers, was published in 2004. He also has recorded and produced two albums of gospel music.
Born on the island of Guam in the Marianas islands, Barbara Willis has lived in exotic locales such as St. Croix, Martha’s Vineyard, Italy, and South America, as well as California, Arizona, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various parts of New England. In addition to being well-traveled, she has an extensive history in community theater and has worked in occupations as varied as real estate, newspaper advertising, the restaurant business, and library research.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is very insightful and intriguing to read. It is scholarly, organized, objective, non-biased and open minded to other views and perspectives of the topic of eschatology (the study of last things) and notion that the world as we know it will come to an end. But will we go out with a bang, or a whimper? The authors of Armageddon, The End of The World from A to Z, explore this provocative question for us from the perspective of cultures from literally all over the world. It says in the first page of the book that Jim and Barbara Willis are ministers and pastor a Christian Church in Florida USA, but they do not just stick to the interpretation of Armageddon from a Judeo-Christian point of view. They present the ideas of the end of the world, and its possible renewal and new beginnings, from the Mayans, native American groups, Islam, Zoroastrians, and even Nordic Myths and the way Hollywood has dealt with the destruction of earth in movies through the years. The book is laid out like a mini encyclopedia, in alphabetical order, which makes it easy to find topics, terms, people and places. Even angels and other mythological and extra-terrestrial beings that may have a hand in bringing the world to an end. Topics vary in length, ranging in size from just one paragraph of about 7 lines - see "Anointed One" on page 27 - to as much as 11 pages - see "Bible Timelines" starting on page 69. At the end of each article is a list of source references in case one wants to track down claims presented. Examples of topics found in Armageddon: Under A you find Abraham, Armstrong, Herbert W., Asteroid, and Aliens, to name a few. Under C there is Cayce, Edgar, Christian Views of The End, and Culture. In K: Kabbalah, Katrina Hurricane, and Kennedy, John F. Just to give you an idea of how varied and broad the topics are this this book. Views are laid out on the table as they are for readers to decide their own conclusions or at least learn the beliefs of other people, cultures, churches, religions and denominations in comparison to yours. There are also cautionary tales from the past of confusion caused by fanaticism and date setting. I belief this was the goal of The Willises when writing this book, a comparative, non-judgmental study. Some may find this not opinionated enough, too all inclusive or may wonder if the Willises compromise the traditional Christian beliefs for multiple views. I don't know the thoughts of the authors, but one should realize that the Christian world-view does not exist in a vacuum and that hints on the foretelling of an apocalypse are found in other belief systems as well. For the scholar, researcher, student, Theologian, layman or the curious, Armageddon is easy to read, enlightening and entertaining. Although about the end on the world it is not a morbid account of death and destruction with 1001 ways to die. Rather, you will be surprised that there are lights at the end of these dark tunnels presented here, because most views present a renewal of life on earth or in eternal paradise after the chaos, and mankind may actually be able to change there destiny for good by making the right choices. After a long dark night, the sun most rise and shine in the morning.