202: Armageddon Now by Jim and Barbara Willis

by Gerard


202.3: Willis, Jim and Barbara Willis. Armageddon Now: The End of the World from A to Z. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 2006. 426 pp. ISBN 1-57859-211-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 202: Doctrines
  • 202.3: Eschatology

While the Book of Revelation covers the intricate and symbolic end of the Christian world, Jim and Barbara Willis are interested in every possible postulated apocalypse. In Armageddon Now, they gather together (alphabetically) every conjectured end of the world. From the Abomination of Desolation to Zoroastrianism, they cover Armageddon from an interesting and removed perspective. All of these can’t possibly be true, but each one is given equal weight and description. There are even sections on catastrophic world collapse due to global warming, alien invasion, meteors, and even doomsday cults.

While the writing is good enough, the flow of the book is a little choppy. Because it’s just an alphabetical arrangement of topics, there are no real transitions from one section another. It works well as a bathroom reader or a nightstand book, but reading it straight through is a bit jarring. That said, there are myriad interesting tidbits buried throughout this book and it makes for a decent sideways attempt at comparative religious studies in regards to this one topic.