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Robert Koehler | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The culture of moneyed interests, war and techno-diversion, which is global in scope, is killing us at the same time that its media apologists reassure us that everything is fine and under control.

Infallible Israel

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
Ariel Gonzalez

Israel is no more. Its cities lay in ruins, its people wallow in oppression. All signs of Jewish presence in the Holy Land are being eradicated: synag...

Enraptured Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If you think that these kinds of apocalyptic beliefs are "primitive" or "far-fetched," think again. Americans seem to have a deep hunger for reading material about the End Times Rapture.

Harold Camping Reveals Latest Rapture Prediction

Posted 07.24.2011 | Religion

Harold Camping, the fringe religious leader who predicted that the rapture would take place last Saturday, has been explaining why we're all still her...

An Open Letter To Harold Camping

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

I have to say, both on Sept. 6, 1994 and on May 21, 2011, I feel like you did something that was not so great. In fact, I'll say it was pretty awful.

The Real Apocalypse, And How To Avoid It

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

People of good faith can make common cause against apocalypse. Regardless of our view of ultimate reality, we can accept the world as science finds it and take responsibility for stewarding it.

Apocalyptic Art Through The Ages

Posted 07.21.2011 | Arts

Even if the Rapture doesn't come May 21, maybe thinking about Judgment Day every century or so can be a good thing. The End of Times have been a popul...

A Baha'i Perspective On The End Of Days

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

The Baha'is have an interesting and different take on the end times scenario: They see "the end of days" as the end of one major stage of history and the beginning of a new one.

How About An End To End-Of-The-World Predictions?

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

If you are reading this on Sunday and the neighborhood seems strangely quiet, you've probably been left behind. Here are helpful hints to consider before heading to your post-Rapture picnic.

Why I Still Want To Be Left Behind

Brenda Peterson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
Brenda Peterson

When California preacher, Harold Camping, predicted the world would end this Saturday evening, several of my Rapture-ready friends insisted I finish reading the "Left Behind" series and make my preparations.

The Religion Of Fear Is Growing

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 12.16.2011 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

What surprises me most is that in the 21st century there are thousands of people on this religiously motivated train ride of despair.

May 21 Judgement Day: It's Not The End Of The World, And I Feel Fine

Ben Daniel | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Ben Daniel

Let's make May 21 a holy festival, not because the world will come to and end, but because it won't. Celebrate life and the ongoing beauty of the world we are blessed to call home.

Relax! The World's Not Ending Anytime Soon

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

Moses, Jesus and Muhammad seemed to be striving for a world with peace. All that means for sure is the world's not going to be ending anytime soon.

Rapture And Rand: Peas In A Pod

Ellis Weiner | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Ellis Weiner

Rapture and Rand: What a couple of sexy, compelling twins! Both offer unsparing moralistic revenge fantasies. Both solicit your agreement and your endorsement in exchange for your salvation.

Believers Warn Neighbors Of Impending Doom On May 21

Posted 06.25.2011 | Religion

By Kathleen O'Brien Religion News Service (RNS) Give these billboards credit: They don't hedge their bet. Judgment Day is coming May 21, 201...

Natural Disasters: God's Anger, The End Times Or Just Reality?

Wes Isley | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Wes Isley

Religion unites us in times of trouble, it helps us persevere in difficult circumstances, and it gives us hope. But we need to go further and seriously ask, does God use nature to punish?

Apocalypse Now? A Christian Understanding Of The End Times

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.27.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Of course, Christians have been proclaiming the nearness of Jesus' return ever since there have been Christians. So far, one might conclude, Jesus has been uninterested in taking the bait.

What Would End-Timers Do Without the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russ Wellen

"The Great Atomic Power" was first recorded in 1952, the year that the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The song may have provided some comfort for those listeners aware that the nuclear arms race was at its height.

Do Mass Animal Deaths Signal The Apocalypse? (VIDEO)

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Father James Martin, S.J., discusses some possible explanations for mass animal deaths as well as what the bible says about the end times.

The Unfortunate Effects Apocalyptic Beliefs Can Have On Morality

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

When I was a kid I knew The World was going to Hell in a hand basket. I didn't know what that phrase meant, still don't really, but I knew that it was one of the only times I could get away with saying hell.

With God on Our Side -- Christian Zionism Exposed

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

To the Christian Zionists "defending Israel" is just a handy pretext for indulging their obsession: egging on, even "helping" the fulfillment of "biblical prophecies" about the "return of Christ."

"End Times" -- Election Results Reflect Biblical Republican Paranoia

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

One reason the Republicans won on Tuesday is because many of their supporters have already given up on this world and are waiting for the next. I know, I used to be one of them.

What's Real About The Rapture?

John R. Coats | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
John R. Coats

Around 1830 John Nelson Darby, having selected scripture passages from Daniel, Revelation, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and elsewhere, pasted them together, called them a whole, and invented the Rapture, a word not found in the Bible.

Nuclear Disarmament and 'End Time' Theology

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Christians can bet on a supernatural rescue for themselves and their kind and wait for the cataclysm, or they can dedicate themselves to compassionate action to alleviate suffering and injustice, to creating a better world.

The End Is Not Nigh: Take a Deep Breath and Move On

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Schweitzer

Predictions of the Apocalypse or its personal equivalent of a direct path to heaven have been a common theme throughout human history. We seem determined to keep ourselves in a constant state of preparation for the end of time.