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*Image: Sermon and Deeds of the Antichrist by Luca Signorelli, 1499-1502 [Chapel of San Brizio in the Duomo of Orvieto, Italy]. Just off-center right, Satan whispers in the Antichrist’s ear. Signorelli’s deceptive Man of Lawlessness is meant to resemble Jesus, and the Devil is a stylized representation of the monk Savanarola. In the lower left corner of the fresco are two standing figures: on the left is Signorelli himself; the other is Fra Angelico, who had begun the Orvieto frescos.

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 19, 2023

Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Robert Hugh Benson wrote Lord of the World in 1907, just four years after the Wright brothers invented the airplane and seven years before the bloodbath of the Great War.  I first read it more than 60 years ago.  I’ve reread it every decade since.  Pope Francis has read and publicly mentioned it several times, and the novel has always had an avid, if cultish, following.  Set in the near future, it’s a story of the rise of the Antichrist, the climactic battle between good and evil, and the end of the world.

The son of an Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Benson was a convert to the Catholic faith and a priest.  He wrote at a tipping point in European life, a time of rapid scientific and industrial change, social unrest, and political extremism. Reading the novel today is a curious experience.  In some ways, the world and the Church are very different from the future Benson imagined.  But the book has extraordinary staying power because it captured – and still captures – certain human instincts and the spirit of the times. …

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