I’m at work on a new book. I’ve been talking to a bunch of different folks about their thoughts on Eschatology, which is just a high-flutin word for do you think that fella who irritates you so badly is going to be left behind when the Rapture takes place? Or maybe you don’t believe in the Rapture at all. Maybe you believe in The Lord’s Prayer version of Eschatology — “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven.”
While considering these matters I wrote the following:
“Mississippi is God’s answer to any question an atheist asks. I don’t know a person who can drive through that state without uttering a prayer of some sort – be it in praise of the magnolias and the live oaks, or Square Books and Ole Miss football, Charlie Musselwhite and Muddy Waters, or be it in fear of the snakes sunning on the river’s edge or the tornadoes swirling overhead, or for the words that have risen up out of that country: William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, John Grisham, Tom Franklin, Ralph Eubanks, Miz Welty, Mark Childress, Julia Reed, Kathryn Stockett, the list goes on.
Mississippi gave us Jesus, Elvis and Oprah. There are no unbelievers in all of Mississippi. Anyone who says otherwise is a bald-face liar, most assuredly from out-of-state.”
What about it? Do you think geography shapes Eschatology? If so, how does it shape yours? How do you categorize your own beliefs about the End Times? Do you think some states and their populations are more prepared for a Second-Coming than others?