Phillips Stevens, Jr.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
University at Buffalo
Phillips Stevens, Jr., whose research interests include religion, is an associate professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo.
Stevens was interviewed for “The Bible’s Antichrist: Real person or symbolic?”, a WIVB.com special report.
Stevens says the word “antichrist” appears in English translations of the Bible, and refers to “skeptics and doubters.”
“The antichrist becomes a modern scapegoat, serves a lot of social, political, psychological functions of scapegoating,” said Stevens.
“People need someone to blame, or something, or some occult cosmic force to blame,” he said. “The antichrist concept has served that purpose at various stages in history.”