Phillips Stevens, Jr. on The Bible’s Antichrist

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 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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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