The End Is Near? Three Apocalyptic Novels

Detail of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco The Last Judgment, 1536-1541. (via Wikimedia)
What Christian dystopias can and can’t teach us about our present moment.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen will the world end? People have been asking this question . . . since the beginning. Virtually every religious tradition accounts for the end times. Christianity, with the Second Coming, is no exception. During the public ministry of Jesus, his disciples pressed him on this very point. “Tell us,” they say in the Gospel of Matthew, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus then provides some guidance as to what the end will look like. False messiahs. “Wars and rumors of wars.” Persecution of believers. The


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