By Michael Baigent
From Publishers Weekly
As in his past books (Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The Jesus Papers), Baigent attempts to discover the darkish forceshiding within the shadows of faith and ferret out fundamentalists whose dogmatism frequently turns to violence. concentrating on the top instances, he warns that robust fundamentalist sects in Christianity, Judaism and Islam are operating to lead to the conflict of Armageddon, whilst the forces of darkness can be destroyed via the Messiah, who will then lead to a brand new reign. All 3 teams wish Jerusalem, the place each one lays declare to a actual spot, the Dome of the Rock, as a sacred position in its heritage; all 3 desire a nation within which politics are subservient to faith. Baigent makes an identical mistake that the fundamentalists make while studying the e-book of Revelation. it isn't a e-book of prophecy and handbook for scary sinners again into the fold; it really is apocalyptic literature that makes use of symbols as mystery codes for the situation within the lives of first- and second-century Christians, delivering them desire for escaping from their plights. unfortunately, Baigent's well-intentioned exposé seems to be little greater than a screed opposed to fundamentalism that's in keeping with a misreading of his important textual content. (Sept.)
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Bestselling writer Michael Baigent Exposes spiritual Extremists’ Efforts to Hasten the World’s lead to Jerusalem
Do you think in prophecy? The Bible as literal fact? Armageddon? The Rapture? The go back of the Da’jaal? Or the production of a global caliphate as a harbinger of the top of time? extra very important, if provided with compelling facts, could you think that there are at the present time strong forces actively conspiring to lead to those cataclysmic occasions inside our lifetime?
In his provocative e-book Racing towards Armageddon, Michael Baigent, bestselling writer and some of the most debatable spiritual theorists of our time, turns his prepared recognition to modern day Jerusalem and its more and more very important position in worldwide affairs, exploring one more of his explosive theories: that hard-liners in the 3 nice Abrahamic religions, a lot of whom carry positions of large effect in executive, undefined, and the army all over the world, are operating to hasten our finish as prophesied in every one in their texts and traditions of religion. Exposing those forces, the myths upon which a lot of their ideals are dependent, the stealth motion they've been taking for many years, and the insidious and almost certainly devastating influence they're having upon the academic, political, cultural, and religious cloth of our society, Baigent poses the urgent query: will we relatively have the funds for to stay oblivious for much longer?