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Apocalypse Now and Then: Four Rules for Watching the World End

S. Brent Plate | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

With this new round of summer apocalyptic films, we find so much of the same old same old, but each new revelation shows us something about the cultural moment during which it is produced. With that in mind, here is a list of four rules we can learn from the apocalyptic genre, and our desire to keep coming back to the end.

Jackson Publick Performs Epic "Pacific Rim" Apocalypse Speech as The Monarch From "The Venture Bros."

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.18.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

While we had Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick - creators and voice actors of Adult Swim's hit animated series, "The Venture Bros." - in the hot seat at ...

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

Seven Strange But Meaningful Ways to Be Patriotic on July 4th

James Napoli | Posted 08.31.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

Watching fireworks, honoring the flag and having a barbecue are all fantastic ways to celebrate Independence Day. But when you're done with those, try these other, more cerebral ways of declaring your love of country. In their own way, they can help us take back America.

Why Are We So Obsessed With The End Of The World?

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 08.30.2013 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

I believe deep down, humans generally like gore and violence. Even in ancient times, men were forced to fight each other to the death for the amusement of others.

Science Artist Envisions The Apocalypse

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.30.2013 | Science

How will the world end? We dodged the 2012 doomsday predicted by the Mayan calendar, but scientists have provided several possible scenarios for the w...

Man of Steel: Apocalyptic Eco-Justice?

Melissa Browning | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Melissa Browning

There was a great take-away for people of faith and all people of good will in this movie. But I'm not talking about the intentional plot points that the filmmakers imagined might appeal to Christians. I'm more interested in why Superman left Krypton.

ReThink Review: This Is the End - Funpocalypse Now!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

This Is the End shows that this kind of humor can even be successfully applied to characters who are literally facing the end of the world.

Comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel Join Rapture Films of The Summer (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 08.06.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

With the horror comedy "Rapture-Palooza" hitting theaters and on demand this Friday, June 7, we spokewith the hilarious Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, wh...

Reading Revelation Realistically

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The minute we claim a reading of apocalyptic literature that is exclusive -- this story is about us, our age, our nationality, our crisis -- we deny the book's relevance to other Christians removed from us in space and time.

Not Enough Time: A Modern Eschatology

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Modern American life has conflated the end of time with everyday time. We are living each day in a panic as though it is the last day. We experience each moment as though it is a deadline, an end, a final chance for productivity. We are not waiting for The End Of Time to live at the end of time.

Hollywood's Love For The Apocalypse

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, April 19 (Reuters) - The end of the world once again comes to Hollywood's big screens this summer, with...

10 Observations About Jehovah's Witnesses And The Book Of Revelation

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Despite wide circulation of their scripture, few nonmembers ever see the Watch Tower Bible and its commentary because of the organization's reclusive nature.

Does This Painting Portend The Apocalypse? A Virginia Artist Says Yes

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.08.2013 | DC

Virginia artist Athalyn Rose says she did not have this particular thing in mind when she asked for a miracle in 1998. "What I was hoping for was p...

Muslim Views Of The Apocalypse

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Muslim and Christian views of the Apocalypse are remarkably similar, albeit with a different ending. As in the Bible's Book of Revelation, Is...

Against Apocalypticism

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Most people probably took the Mayan Apocalypse as light-heartedly as I did, though clearly there were some who really thought the end was nigh. What worries me, however, is that this story is symptomatic of a more pathological apocalypticism that has begun to permeate American culture.

The End Is Really Not Nigh

Nina Burleigh | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

By some accounts, there have been at least 200 documented, date-specific end-of-world predictions in the last two millennia. Now, having just passed u...

13 Proposed Zombie Apocalypse Movie Locations

Ryan Nickum | Posted 03.04.2013 | Comedy
Ryan Nickum

Even though the Mayan apocalypse didn't take place on December 21, there's a 100 percent chance that a zombie apocalypse will be featured by Hollywood in some upcoming movies.

A Messiah Born Is Trouble

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Thomas M. Kostigen

No matter religious or scientific End Times, the world is said to end in fire. And of all the signs that get things rolling toward those days of end, a new world leader, or messiah, being born is the biggest.

NASA Makes Statement On 2040 Asteroid Threat

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 12.24.2012 | Science

So the world didn't end this past week after all, and here's some more disappointing news for apocalypse-watchers: New information on Asteroid 2011 AG...

Collision Course: On The Virtues Of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Randall Amster | Posted 12.23.2012 | TED Weekends
Randall Amster

Should we take measures to thwart an impending asteroid collision if we're able to do so? Of course. But if we expend too much energy in anticipation of such a rare and unlikely event, then we're drawing resources away from more homegrown challenges that are far less remote and much more likely to occur in our lifetimes.

The End Is Near

Chris Michael | Posted 02.20.2013 | Comedy
Chris Michael


We'll Never Know What Hit Us

Chris Abraham | Posted 02.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Chris Abraham

Will we again be hit by the sort of asteroid that ended the dinosaurs? Probably, but we'll never see it coming; in fact, we already missed it if we can assume that maybe we've been threatened by menacing space junk in the past and our modern technologies might have already prevented us from a painful case of mass extinction.

The Apocalypse Is Coming, And I Can’t Wait

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

I want to be the kind of person who awaits the end of the world like a little kid waits for Santa Claus. If you have that kind of hope, then the only thing funny about the apocalypse is the idea that anyone could predict when it might happen.

Even At The End Of The World, Embrace Life

Rabbi Keith Stern | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Keith Stern

Tonight we light the Shabbat candles. And even with heavy hearts we celebrate, we embrace life and the time we have together. We truly don't know what will be. All we know in this moment is that we have each other. And that is enough. Make it count.