By Richard K. Fenn
Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are engaged now not in a 'clash of civilizations' yet in a sectarian clash between branches of a unmarried civilization characteristically steeped in apocalyptic imagery and ideology. Apocalypticism is a spiritual luxurious that sleek civilizations can now not manage to pay for. Many may agree that the propagandists of the Christian correct have raised apocalyptic tensions to a deadly point because September 11, yet during this booklet Richard Fenn takes at the mainline church leaders for his or her position in selling an apocalyptic view of historical past.
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America became a secular evangelical purgatory that owes as much to John Locke as it does to William Baxter, Catherine of Genoa, Dante, and Augustine. Among Christians since Augustine there has long been a tendency to secularize the apocalypse and to intensify the signiﬁcance of the moment. Some have argued that the Last Judgment is a continuing process as Jesus slowly comes into his Kingdom; Christians are already living in the end times. Others believe that the Last Judgment occurred on the cross and that the Second Coming will conclude the period of contest and trial.
The apocalyptic climate in Islam, as on the Christian right, nourishes the current crop of radicals spoiling for a ﬁght. Notes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 David Runciman, ‘A Bear Armed with a Gun,’ London Review of Books, Vol. 25, Number 7, 3 April 2003, p. 5. Jacques LeGoff, History and Memory, translated by Steven Rendall and Elizabeth Claman. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992, p. 23. Frank Kermode; The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction with a New Epilogue. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, p.
62. 11 Sayyid Qutb, Islam and Universal Peace, Plainﬁeld, Indiana: American Trust Publications, 1993. 12 Abbas Amanat, ‘The Resurgence of Apocalyptic in Modern Islam,’ in The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism, Vol. 3, Apocalypticism in the Modern Period and the Contemporary Age, edited by Stephen J. Stein. New York: Continuum Publishing, 2000: 230–64; pp. 237, 239. CHAPTER 3 Terror and the Apocalyptic Imagination The convergence of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity toward an apocalyptic confrontation is both a product of the violence of the twentieth century and a very likely source of cataclysm in the twentyﬁrst.