“Whether prescribing a violent script for Israel or survivalism in the United States, this [Rapture] theology distorts God’s vision for the world. In place of Jesus’ blessing of peacemakers, the Rapture voyeuristically glorifies violence and war. In place of Revelation’s vision of the Lamb’s vulnerable self-giving love, the Rapture celebrates the lion-like wrath of the Lamb. This theology is not biblical. We are not Raptured off the earth, nor is God. No, God has come to live in the world through Jesus. God created the world, God loves the world, and God will never leave the world behind!”—
This is a great book in terms of debunking rapture-based nonsense, but it is written from a religious perspective.
Barbara R. Rossing in The Rapture Exposed: The Message Of Hope In The Book Of Revelation (via andrewrpierce)
Believers in progress argue that industrial civilisation is better than any other in history and destined to get better still, so long as we just put enough money into scientific research, or get government out of the way of industry, or whatever else they believe will keep history on its course. Believers in apocalypse argue that industrial civilisation is worse than any other in history, as its present difficulties will end in an overnight catastrophe that will destroy it and usher in whatever better world their mythology promises them—a better world in which they will inevitably have the privileged place denied them in this one.
It’s not surprising that believers in progress tend to be those who feel they benefit from the current social order, and believers in apocalypse tend to be those who feel marginalised by the current social order and excluded from its benefits.
"It’s not surprising that believers in progress tend to be those who feel they benefit from the current social order, and believers in apocalypse tend to be those who feel marginalised by the current social order and excluded from its benefits."
The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age | John Michael Greer | p48-49 (via evokit-notes)
Immobility is not, of course, the first book to consider the life of the planet after a global annihilation, but it’s also a novel without any obvious antecedents. There are thematic similarities to Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but Evenson’s vision is as unique as he is. It’s not an easy book to read, but it’s an undeniably important look at what we’re at risk of becoming — a nightmare world without hope, reason or compassion. “It’s never fair,” as Horkai says. “Why should it be?”
"But what is unique in modern America is the persistence of this thought in the face of several high-profile failed prophecies of the end over the last 100 years or so," he said. "For a lot of people, I think the idea that the end times are near allows people to live with a sense of urgency and vitality."
"In the ancient world this helped people cope with marginalization and suffering," Reynolds said. But today, he thinks it’s a way of escaping "boredom and meaningless consumption."
Q. What three things will you need to find quickly when the zombie apocalypse starts?
And now there’s an app for that. As reported at Nerd Bastards, an app called The Map of the Dead will tell you where the closest necessities are when the deceased begin to motivate in search of succulent neuro-meals.
Boy Scouts and zombie apocalypse survivors: Be prepared!
This makes me reflect on a short but intense period of my own life — I was 12 — when the monster-selling 1970s Christian apocalyptic book “The Late, Great Planet Earth” fell into my hands. I was a kid who read the newspaper constantly, and brooded over what I saw there. The year was 1979. Iranian militants held American hostages. Inflation ripped through the US economy. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Always, talk of nuclear war with the USSR. I well remember on Saturday morning driving back across a field with my dad, coming home from the hunting camp, looking up at the sky and thinking, “A Soviet ICBM could explode right up there 19 minutes from now, and we would all be dead.” It shook me up.
There was no more fertile ground for that noxious little book to have fallen on than my curious, fearful, anxiety-ridden 12-year-old mind. The idea of apocalypse now was by no means irrational. An entire generation has come along not knowing the kind of fears the rest of us lived with during the Cold War, when the world appeared to be hurtling towards some kind of fiery conflagration. In my case, I was also entering puberty. You have unfamiliar emotions, and strong ones, as the hormones surge and remake the body you thought you knew. And, crucially, you have no control over what is happening to you.
So, when a book comes along that claims the authority of the Bible, and provides you what sounds like a plausible explanation for all these terrible things that are happening, or that look like they’re about to happen, and furthermore tells you that it only seems like things are out of control, but really, all this was scripted by God since the beginning of time — well, you can imagine why that sort of idea could seize one’s mind, especially in that historical, cultural, and subjective (puberty!) context. It was a perverse sort of consolation to be told that I lived in history’s last generation — and, thank you Jesus, I had the opportunity to get a rapture ticket on the last train out of here before the deluge, if I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. Which, of course, I did as soon as I finished the book, in a single fevered reading.
It’s supposedly free, but I’d be very surprised if there’s not some money-making angle involved in this week’s teleconference with “Mayan wisdom keepers” who will be talking about the Mayan long count calendar.