Shock and Awe: Apocalyptic in Sci-Fi, Jihad, and Other Eschatologies

Via 3QuarksDaily, I learned of this piece by Lewis Lapham about the end times. Since it relates to several of my academic and personal interests, and the intersection between them, I thought I should share it. Here is an excerpt: The spectacle of disaster as Old Testament trauma sells newspapers, but the drug of fear—administered in [Read More…]

Rapture Survivor Card

It’s Thursday, and so don’t forget to get your card stamped… [Read more…]

Always Open

TheologyGrams shared the above chart. The imagery at the end of Revelation is noteworthy, and I’ve sought to draw attention to it before. Revelation ends with the nations still existing outside the city, and with its gates always open. I’m not entirely sure how this vision relates to the depiction of a lake of fire, [Read More…]

Proof These Are The Last Days?

This came my way via Facebook, and I thought I would share it here. I appreciate the irony that, by speaking falsely about the Book of Revelation and other parts of the Bible, and consistently being wrong about the future, many of the end-times focused Christians do indeed seem to be fulfilling Biblical predictions about the Last Days… [Read more…]

Prophets of the Technological Future

I had been meaning to blog about the movie Ex Machina for a while now. It makes explicit the potential for the creation of artificial intelligence to be thought of in terms of godlikeness. It is interesting that, whenever we imagine creation of sentient beings taking place, whether in Genesis or sci-fi, they never fail to [Read More…]

Spoiler or Revelation?

From People in White Coats. The expectation of an apocalyptic return of Jesus in the Bible is something that, in our era of much-decreased Biblical literacy, might indeed surprise some people. I’ve heard lots of people refer to “the second coming of Jesus Christ” and mean, not a descent from heaven on clouds of Jesus who [Read More…]

The Message of Left Behind

I just watched the Left Behind movie with Nicholas Cage. I won’t bother summarizing the film since most people are familiar with its premise and plot. Instead, I’d like to offer some observations about what I think the story is trying to accomplish. First, I have to note that the characters who are left behind [Read More…]

Update Your Calendars for October 1st, 2018

A friend shared the above flyer on Facebook.Does anyone else remember 88 reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988? People have been offering calculations like this since before the time of Jesus. Doesn’t the fact that all such calculations have been wrong suggest that it is not just the specific calculations, but the very act of [Read More…]

The Most Embarrassing Verse in the Bible

I saw the above quote on Facebook and wanted to comment on it, since it takes something that C. S. Lewis attributes to others, and treats it as though it were his own viewpoint. You can read a fuller excerpt here. Lewis has a point that the inclusion of things that were difficult and uncomfortable [Read More…]

Making Christianity Easier

Benjamin Corey wrote a post that offers an explanation of the popularity of end-times Christianity: The end times version of Christianity that many of us grew up with has been immensely popular, not because it’s true, but because it’s easy. Prior to the invention of end times fanaticism, Christians were busy trying to change the world [Read More…]