Antichrist Then and Now: The Johannine Epistles and Antichrist in Popular Culture

Craig R. Koester

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 2/8/2021

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Issue: Johannine Epistles (Vol. 41, No 1, Winter, 2021)

Most people understand "the Antichrist" as a singular figure of evil involved in the events of the end of the world. But in the Johannine Epistles, from which the term comes, the antichrist is a multiple and present reality: liars who deny the person of Christ. By words and actions these liars threaten the beloved community; these "antichrists" may, at time, even be us!

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