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Racing Toward Armageddon CD: The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Michael Baigent , John Lee
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  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061662380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061662386
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5.0 out of 5 stars RELIGIOUS ? OPEN YOUR CLOSED MIND 30 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book should be read by all adherents of the three religions! Not western religions though, all three including christianity are middle eastern religions - Europe before christianity which is nothing but an offshoot of judaism, had multiple gods and goddesses and nature worship. Read the Golden Bough by Sir James G Frazer if you are interested in your European/Western roots. If you are from the Middle East, continue your worship of a God that is Jealous, and enjoys tormenting his worshippers - But then you may be a masochist, only then can one understand the worship of a sadist.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Racing Toward Armageddon 8 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Baigent's work properly belong within the `conspiracy theories' genre. They all have agendas formed by his preconceptions, and his technique is to use selectivity of data and a procrustean approach in an attempt to `prove' his agenda.

The author says that one objective is to make people think. No doubt he wants to shock people out of their fixed mind sets. However, Plato/Socrates informed us that thinking properly requires desire, volition and passion to sustain it and Aristotle added another requirement, that of logic in order to achieve clarity of thought. Moreover, Bertrand Russell said that humans would do anything, including going to war, rather than think! That is undoubtedly the case, and Mr. Baigent is hardly likely to achieve his endeavour. Rather, conspiracy theories are more likely to attract the naive and credulous. Certainly orthodox and mainstream scholars shun this approach to their subjects.

He regards the three `great' religions as Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and his thesis is that the fundamentalist beliefs of these three religions will relentlessly drive them into conflict in an attempt to dominate the world. He ignores Buddhism and Hinduism, no doubt because they would militate against his contention. In support of his view he points to history as evidence of the aggressiveness of the three religions, ignoring the fact that so often, because of fundamental changes, history has proven to have little or no relevance to the future. Moreover, Judaism and Christianity with their philosophy of `loving your neighbour as yourself', together with Christianity's Sermon on the Mount, clearly run counter to his thesis. Secularisation has weakened both Judaism and Christianity's influence on the West.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exposes a truly deadly mind-set 30 Nov 2009
By Derek Grimmell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Baigent has written neither a history book nor a religion book. Rather, he has sounded a warning cry about the manner in which extremists of three faiths have very specific plans to attempt the destruction of the world. Baigent's information is relatively easy to corroborate, but he has "connected the dots" in an attempt to warn everyone else that these people genuinely believe in their lunacy and genuinely intend to carry it out.

The three groups of extremists begin with the Jewish extremists who are determined to expand the state of Israel to its Biblical dimensions, which some (basing their thinking on the book of Joshua) regard as extending into modern-day Iraq. They are also determined to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, and as a first step they want to demolish the Dome of the Rock, which is merely the third holiest shrine in all of Islam. Baigent records how a rabbi present in 1967, when the Israelis reclaimed Jerusalem, insisted that Moshe Dayan take the opportunity to blow up the Dome of the Rock then and there, and how Dayan courageously refused. But the extremists are determined to destroy it. The only problem: They can't attack the Dome without risking a sinful intrusion on sacred ground, and they lack the means of cleansing themselves of this sin.

Enter the red heifer. A pure red heifer with no more than one black hair is required for the ritual to purify those who would assault the Dome. An evangelical Christian cattle rancher in the American South has been working with Jewish ultra-orthodox rabbis to breed such a red heifer. They have almost succeeded on two occasions. The Christian extremist is helping because Christian extremists believe that the Temple must be rebuilt in Jerusalem in order for the Apocalypse to come and Jesus to return. They expect that this will bring on a global catastrophe, a war that will surpass all past wars, but they don't care; they believe they will be magically raptured up to Heaven before the shooting starts, where they can sip tea with Jesus and watch us sinners getting slaughtered.

The key message of this book is not the details of the thinking of the lunatic fringe. Baigent wrote this book in an effort to shake everyone else out of their slumber. He is trying to warn everyone else that these people are determined to take actions that could easily lead to a global nuclear war. He warns us that they genuinely believe that they will somehow prosper in a global catastrophe, and are determined to bring it on. They are really, truly, as deluded and as dangerous as Charles Manson ever was with his Helter-Skelter plot, but with vastly greater resources in their hands.

Measured against his intent, Baigent has done a good job of making the true situation clear and compelling. He has sounded the warning and done it well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reaping the Whirlwind 2 Sep 2009
By Paul Hosse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The one thing these religious extremists have in common is the belief that they and they alone are the keepers of the "True Faith" and it is their God given duty to bring about their version of the end times (of course, the rest of us are generously given the option of converting or facing God's wrath by their blood soaked hands). All this brings me to a highly engaging and eye opening book by Michael Baigent entitled, "Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions And The Plot To End The World" (you may remember Mr. Baigent as the co-author of the hugely popular "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Messianic Legacy"). Mr. Baigent gives us an excellent historical overview the three main religions and their claim on Jerusalem. He then leads us through their Byzantine world to induce the coming of the Messiah, but which Messiah? Is it the Messiah Ben David or the Twelfth Iman? Or is it the Second Coming of Jesus? Finally, Mr. Baigent details the objectives of each and finally, what we can do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Three Headed Monster 12 Feb 2011
By william delaney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Some may find Michael Baigent's treatise, Racing Toward Armageddon a bit alarmist, however it may also be a warning that must be heeded. The religious zealots who believe in biblical fairytales seem to be gaining momentum around the world. Having previously read Matthew Alper's book, The God Part of the Brain, I couldn't help but wonder if these religious extremists simply aren't wired differently than some of us. But,that doesn't make them any less dangerous. And this is where Baigent's premise shines. He names the three Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as all marching merrily along toward Armageddon and doing all they can to hasten its arrival. It's up to us, who have not been brainwashed with religious myths to prevent any of these three from making Armageddon a reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty scary book! 24 May 2011
By Luna Soliel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As I read this book, I'm seeing news stories that confirm what Baigent wrote about. I know a lot of people think Baigent is a major conspiracy theorist who's somewhere out in left field. That may be so, but this one hits the nail right on the head. It's well researched, very well written, & terrifying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 17 Jan 2011
By Jeffrey P. Appel - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book as much as The Inquisition.Baigent has a great writing style and insight into mans` relationship with religion, and how dangerous/damaging it can be when fundamentalists interpret a book or incident to suit their own agenda.Well worth the money and packed with useful tid bits of info.
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