Secular End Times & Apocalyptic ‘Roosters’: Review of Heaven on Earth by Gordon Haber

  • September 13, 2011
  • Gordon HaberGordon Haber’s fiction and criticism has appeared in a variety of journals, magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Sun,The ForwardZeekThe Nebraska ReviewKilling the Buddha and Heeb Magazine. Currently he is at work on a novel about the Jewish Messiah.
    • Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience
    • Richard Landes
    • Oxford University Press, USA (2011)

    We like to downplay our fascination with the apocalypse. When it shows up in pop culture, we treat it as metaphor: an alien invasion represents our fear of immigrants, zombies our fear of pandemics, and so on. Or else we’re dismissive: when Harold Camping predicted Christ’s return on May 21st, many treated him as a figure of fun, a cartoon prophet with a placard.

    And yet The End is perhaps the most persistent theme, well, ever, suggesting that we need to take it seriously—and not simply in terms of cultural criticism. We ignore the apocalyptic mindset at our peril, as millennial movements have a tendency to end in bloodshed, to the point where they create their own localized apocalypses.

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3 Responses to Secular End Times & Apocalyptic ‘Roosters’: Review of Heaven on Earth by Gordon Haber

  1. richardgill says:

    Interesting review – makes me want to buy the book for certain. Would be interested to read your thoughts on the review, Richard.

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