The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the by Gershom Gorenberg

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In this provocative paintings, professional journalist Gershom Gorenberg portrays a dangerous mixture of non secular extremism, violence, and Mideast politics, as expressed within the fight for the sacred middle of Jerusalem. recognized to Jews and Christians because the Temple Mount and to Muslims because the Noble Sanctuary, this thirty-five-acre enclosure on the southeast nook of Jerusalem's outdated urban is the main contested piece of actual property in the world. right here nationalism combines with fundamentalist religion in a unstable brew. participants of the world's 3 significant monotheistic faiths--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--hold this spot to be the foremost to salvation as they anticipate the tip of the realm, and fight to satisfy conflicting non secular prophecies with harmful political effects. Adroitly portraying American radio evangelists of the tip, radical Palestinian sheikhs, and Israeli ex-terrorists, Gorenberg explains why believers desire for the top, and why popular American fundamentalists supply hard-line help for Israel whereas watching for the apocalypse. He is smart of the messianic fervor that has pushed a few Israeli settlers to oppose peace. And he describes the Islamic apocalyptic visions that solid Israel's activities in Jerusalem as diabolic plots. the tip of Days indicates how clash over Jerusalem and the fiery trust in apocalypse proceed to have a powerful effect on international politics and why an enduring peace within the center East maintains to end up elusive.

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He’s not unusual in thinking so. 24640 Ch02 9/19/00 10:38 AM Page 30 TWO The History of the Future It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. –BOB DYLAN M y son and I are stretched out in a hammock between two trees in the backyard of the country house where we like to vacation. It’s in the hills of the Galilee, away from the noise and exhaust of Jerusalem; from the yard we can see the town of Tiberias and all of Lake Kinneret—the Sea of Galilee—shimmering blue and the Golan Heights rising dark and green behind it.

The Book of Revelation listed all kings in the devil’s column, and demanded King Jesus as earthly ruler instead. Reading it literally was dangerous once the kings were Christians. The best answer was provided by Augustine, the fourth-century theologian who turned apocalypse into allegory. The Kingdom of God was already here; one entered it through true faith. Salvation was to be personal and spiritual, not public and political— except when the subversive energy of millennialism exploded, time and again.

30 24640 Ch02 9/19/00 10:38 AM Page 31 the history of the future 31 A couple minutes later I’m giggling again: Now Buck has decided to make the three-hour journey to “Tiberius” (sic) by boat—one of the many touring boats that, in the book, ply the Jordan River. Which would be fine if the Jordan were really “deep and wide,” as the song goes, but in reality it’s a narrow trickle not fit for navigating. The experience is jarring, like meeting someone who calls you by your name, insists he knows you, remembers you from a high school you didn’t attend, a job you never had.

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