This bibliography contains annotations of close to 3500 works written over many centuries about the end of the world, predominantly but not entirely from a Christian perspective. The books, pamphlets, websites and selected media cover a variety of eschatological beliefs - from the numerous fundamentalist scenarios to fringe beliefs - and include such topics as the Tribulation, the Rapture, the Millennium, Armageddon, the Second Coming, the Antichrist, and the Apocalypse. Works on other major religions (Islam, Judaism), the myths of popular cultures (Mayan prophecies, the Teutonic Gotterdammerung and Ragnarok), UFO, occult and psychic theories (Heaven's Gate, Nostradamus), and secular theories (Year 2000, millennium computer bug) can also be found. The work is in four parts (plus indexes). Entries in the pre-1800 part are arranged chronologically beginning with the "Book of Enoch" in the second century BC. Other entries are arranged alphabetically within the three chronological subdivisions of 1800-1910, 1910-1970, and post-1970. All include bibliographic information and annotations regarding format, type of work, theme, the author's background, the category of eschatological theories espoused, distinctive or notable characteristics, the intended readership, and the significance of the work. There are cross references to works by the same author. An introduction describes major types of eschatological beliefs, outlines basic Fundamentalist end-of-the-world scenarios, summarizes Biblical sources, and explains important terms, concepts and relationships among sources. The work is indexed by author, title and subject.
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Librarian Tom McIver, Ph.D. in anthropology, is also the author of Anti-Evolution: An Annotated Bibliography (1988, "invaluable...highly recommended"-Choice; "meaty annotations"-Wilson Library Bulletin), one of the most intellectually satisfying of McFarland's 1,500 title history. Living in Cleveland, Ohio, he performs research in the fields of science and religion, and writes frequently for journals.From Library Journal:
As the millennium approaches, pronouncements on apocalyptic events, Armageddon, and the Second Coming are receiving more attention. McIver (Anti-Evolution: An Annotated Bibliography) here compiles citations for nearly 3500 eschatological sources, including fiction, pamphlets, web sites, and videos. These are based primarily on biblical belief and predictions, including their connection with Y2K. Some citations of Jewish, Islamic, psychic, and occult works are also represented. A good preface and introduction outline the book's structure, terminology, purpose, and background. Works written before 1800 are chronologically arranged, beginning with the books of Enoch (second- to first-century B.C.E.); three additional sections, arranged alphabetically by author, include works originally published from 1800 to 1910, from 1910 to 1970, and since 1970. About two-thirds of the citations have annotations consisting of quotations summarizing content; partial or brief phrasesAe.g., "Kissinger as Antichrist," "Pre-mill pre-trib, any moment Rapture"Aor concisely written half-page descriptions. An index of authors, titles, and subjects is keyed to entry numbers. McIver remains admirably impartial in his approachAdespite "how long, and how often, the End has been predicted, and...how wrong many of these beliefs have already turned out to be." For libraries where there is interest in the topic and those with a religious emphasis.AStanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN
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