Science D. Cohen Prophets Of Doom

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Prophets Of Doom

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Chronicles the doomsday prophecies over the centuries by describing the groups of people throughout history who gave up their worldly goods and banded together to await the end of the world.

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Grade 7 Up-- This examination of prophets and their prophecies throughout history takes a skeptical view of the ability of anyone to predict future events precisely. Included are discussions of the Millerites, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Greek oracles, omens and portents in nature, the Cumaean Sybil, Mother Shipton, the use of astronomical events such as eclipses and comets, Jeanne Dixon, Nostradamus, etc. People such as 16th-century Anabaptist leader John of Leiden have been both hailed and persecuted as shown by the first chapter's description of his rise and gruesome end. As each person's methods and notable predictions are related, Cohen points out their general failure to be specific or, when exact, to come to fruition. This body of evidence backs his assurance, among others, that the world will not end in 1999 or 2000. Prophecies, beliefs, and occult practices of Asian, African, South American, and indigenous peoples are not included. The information selected seems logical, reasonable, and comforting, although unlikely to dissuade believers in the ``sixth'' sense. --Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

The Second Millennium is at hand. Aren't you just a wee bit anxious? Cohen claims that, deep down, you probably are but (probably) shouldn't be, since one of the oldest features of Western culture is the recurrent and (so far) always mistaken conviction (or sneaking suspicion) that the end of the world is nigh. The author deftly analyzes the attractions of this belief, amidst a wide-ranging discussion of omens, oracles, millennial movements, natural disasters, plagues (including AIDS), pyramidology, UFOs, mass extinction theories, and a skeptical history of prophecy and prognostication from the ancient sibyls to Jeanne Dixon and Elizabeth Clare Prophet. He barely mentions the Old Testament prophets or Asian practices; devotes an entire chapter to the life and writings of Nostradamus; and closes with a reassuring message to readers, plus a relatively hefty bibliography. Illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 12-15) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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