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Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam Exhibition: "The Messiah from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to Modern Popular Culture," with Ronald J. Brown, Associate Professor, Touro College and Unification Theological Seminary.


February 7, 2011

The slogan, "When the going gets tough, the tough get God," has inspired religions since the Stone Age.  When the ancient Hebrews were in exile in Babylon they elaborated the concept of a Messiah who would rescue them and restore them to their homeland and national greatness.  The Christian book of Revelation portrays in vivid detail the Second Coming of Jesus the Messiah and the glorious age of Heaven on Earth. Muslims await the Mahdi who will rid the world of wrongdoing, injustice, and tyranny.  The Messiah figures prominently as Muadib in Frank Herbert’s Dune books and films, Jake in the recent film Avatar, and contemporary apocalyptic literature and religious movements.