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Walking Dead: Rorschach Test for Faith

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

Our core cast of characters in The Walking Dead, have more going on than solely surviving. And that is why we love them and root for them and suffer when they suffer.

How ISIS Is An Apocalyptic Cult, And What That Means

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

(RNS) Many experts agree that terrorists in the group that calls itself the Islamic State believe they are waging an end-times battle against the Wes...

Je Suis Encore Charlie?

John Feffer | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

War is exactly what the Islamic State wants. War legitimizes its claim to be a state and to be treated like a state. The bombing strategy -- whether pursued by Hollande or Obama or Putin -- is also doomed to fail, even if it succeeds in its narrow objective of destroying the Islamic State.

A Modern Age Holy War?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

The war in the Middle East is reminding us of the Holy Wars that began there in 1095, except with the crusading Christians unsuccessfully invading the Muslims for two centuries, with the prize being control of Jerusalem.

Confessions of a Former Mormon Doomsday Prepper

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I spent several years of my children's early years as a Mormon "Prepper" and while it may well have been a manifestation of the years-long depression I had suffered, I thought it would be useful to explain why I now think I did what I did.

Living on the Edge -- Israel, ISIS and the West

Uriel Abulof | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

After five weeks in Israel, a couple of days after the war ended, I left the bubble -- only to realize I had just reentered another. A benign bubble, for sure, substituting "rationality" for hatred, godless happiness for divine devotion, but a bubble nonetheless.

'On the Beach': On the Brink, the Fallout From a Permissive Nuke Deal With Iran

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Joseph Cooper

With disbelief and faint hope she goes on to ask, "Why must it come to us? Can't anything be done to stop it?"

Winter is Coming: Scientist Says Sun Will Nod Off in 15 Years

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.13.2015 | Science
Van Winkle's

Might want to start stockpiling those down jackets: The sun could nod off by 2030, triggering what scientists are describing as a "mini ice age."

One Artist Imagines What Our Urban World Would Look Like After The Next Ice Age

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts

"Throughout the 21st century, man, with his never-ending drive to control his living environment, finds himself facing the possibility of a temporary ...

A Nuclear Weapon Is Detonated Nearby... What Are Passenger Planes Supposed To Do?

Quora | Posted 05.20.2015 | Weird News

What would I do in this circumstance? Cruising along at 34,000', checking the weather in Los Angeles, sipping on a club soda, and on the horizon, a new sun grows out of the desert, all the nearby air and dust fleeing before it? Easy. I'd freak -- the hell -- out.

It Need Not Be the End of the World as We Know It

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When religious leaders convince folks that the world is coming to an end during their lifetime, people adopt a sense of fatalism that is enormously destructive because it breeds inaction towards some of the biggest issues of our time.

Mr. Burns at ACT: Hilarity Begins With Apocalyptic Events

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.29.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Being reasonably familiar with the TV series will certainly let a viewer pick up nuances that went over my head, and I'm sure over many others, but you don't have to be a Simpsons addict to appreciate the delights of Mr. Burns. It sizzles.

ISIS, Islam, Jesus, and Practicing Theology Without a License

Leona Foxx | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Leona Foxx

What's the matter with a little misleading theology coming from the White House? After all, it's a means to a noble end, namely, world peace. Right?

Climate Change This Week: Apple Goes Solar, Apocalyptic US Droughts Predicted, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Deadpan Climate Humor At Its Best: Philomena Cunk Moments of Wonder - Climate...

Green Is The New Black Part 2: Human Tide

David Saddington | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
David Saddington

The suggestions of migrants from the developing world swamping borders of the EU and USA have a very determinist view of the future. These predictions do not appreciate the huge complexity of future climate change and the even larger complexity of humans.

Apocalypticism: The Lure of the Abyss

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

In apocalyptic times -- and our time surely is one -- it's easy to succumb to hopelessness, but few have discussed why hopelessness can be so magically attractive.

7 Terrifying Apocalyptic Novels That Show Us Our Possible Futures

Off The Shelf | Posted 01.21.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Can lifelong friends stay together while the world burns? Over the years, many novels have done horrible things to great characters in unforgettable settings. Here are my favorites.

What Dreams About Zombies, the Apocalypse, and the Walking Dead Could Mean

DreamsCloud | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Dr. Angel Morgan via (1) Zombies have always been an integral part of pop culture, and even more so now with the epidemic (pu...

The Worst Places To Be During The Zombie Apocalypse

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.19.2014 | Weird News

If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge? Steer clear of the 25 cities on ...

AMC's Walking Dead: Top Do's and Don't's for the Zombie Apocalypse

Brett Arends | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Brett Arends

Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? You had better be. AMC's The Walking Dead is one of the most popular programmes in cable TV history, and it kicks off a new series Sunday night. And it's pretty educational.

Christine Weir: Life on Earth

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

The first of many surprises in the work of Christine Weir are the acrobatic surface variations she achieves using only graphite.

Left Behind

Martin Marty | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

When movies with biblical or Christian themes (e.g., the recent Noah) get panned, one hears instant charges that they are regarded as bad simply because they treat such themes.

Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While the idea of believers being "caught up in the air" is mentioned, it is metaphorically describing the Second Coming. Paul is not claiming, nor even implying that Christians will disappear before all hell breaks loose on earth. In fact, the very idea of the rapture is antithetical to the narrative of scripture.

Apocalyptic Weather Forecast by World Meteorologists

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Thomas M. Kostigen

Massive waves in the seas and intense turbulence in the air will result from apocalyptic weather over the coming decades, say forecasters at a World M...

4 Under-Represented Ways We Could Go Extinct

Ravishly | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science

As the morbid and jaded creatures we are, humans really get a kick out of pondering our species' ultimate demise. It's time we give some love to more obscure, but still scientifically plausible means of extinction.