Imagining the End by Abbas Amanat, Magnus Bernhardsson

By Abbas Amanat, Magnus Bernhardsson

Packed into all significant monotheistic religions is a strong theological punch: apocalypse. This provocative quantity explores how apocalyptic visions have expressed themselves in several methods in Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam. The members additionally ponder how Millennialism has expressed itself in a historic context, and why has it has so powerfully excited the human mind's eye. The essays exhibit that the apocalyptic legacy of all 4 traditions has formed significant currents in human heritage from the increase of latest religions to political revolution.

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In fact the entire Zoroastrian system of ethics is based upon the concept of human choice, and its consequences. Given the Zoroastrian view of the world of Mixture, it is clear that the good cannot automatically expect to be rewarded in this life. 21 After death, a person’s existence is thus once more a ‘spiritual’ one. Eventually, however, when the world has almost fulfilled its function as an arena and evil will be sufficiently weakened, the process leading to the ‘Renovation’ will begin. That term (Phl.

Before his people began to make use of writing. Nevertheless, the text of the Gathas, a group of hymns attributed to Zarathustra, have been transmitted almost exactly as the Prophet must have recited them. 46 The early centuries of Zoroastrianism, the non-Gathic texts While Zarathustra’s Gathas formed the core of the religious tradition of the nascent Zoroastrian faith, its early tradition probably included many other texts, not least the Yashts or hymns to the divine beings. 47 The whole corpus of religious texts in this Old Iranian language later came to be known as the Avesta; for want of a better term its language is called Avestan.

Supported by his royal patron, Vishtaspa, Zarathustra brought the 38 Origins Zoroastrian religion to the world. During Vishtaspa’s reign there were terrible wars with unbelievers. His reign was followed by those of other kings, including the last of the Achaemenians (on the historical figures see below), who was defeated by the evil rule of Alexander. 36 From then on calamity is destined to follow calamity, and Iran will be overrun by various wicked aliens. Towards the end of this period the wonder-working Wahram will appear, who will restore the Zoroastrian religion37 and will help to prepare the world for the coming of the first of Zarathustra’s miraculously-born sons.

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