By: J.J. Hitt
Just got my hands on some great source material:
Naming the Antichrist - The History of an American Obsession
By Robert Fuller (Professor of Religious Studies, Bradley
This book looks like it's gonna be a real winner. Fuller opens by
noting that the urge to find someone to call the Antichrist is
for the most part a purely American phenomenon. Europeans
Christians don't seem to be overly bothered with a marginal
concept that is only mentioned twice in the Bible (and then only
in two minor epistles).
It seems it started out with the colonists calling Native Americans
the Antichrist and it went on from there.
Other "Antichrists" have been: French Catholics, American Catholics,
the French Revolution, alcohol, the "witches" of Salem, the Church
of England, the King of England, Freemasonry, the telegraph, FDR,
Jews, blacks, socialists, HENRY KISSINGER, sundry Popes, Anwar
Sadat, Sadam Hussein, fibre optics, feminism, the National Council
of Churches, the European Economic Community, slavery, the abolition
of slavery, Mussolini, the FCC, the state of Missouri, the Beatles,
walkman stereos, the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan, Charles Darwin,
David Hume, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Voltaire, computers,
Islam, more Jews, more Catholics and a cast of thousands...
This is going to be a fun book to read, I can tell already.