Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Smart money bets against the apocalypse

From Tennessee-

I recently ran across a very interesting sermon posted on a blog called "Below the Surface," by the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillette, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo, Calif. The sermon is called "Saints, Mayans and the End." It deals with the human fascination with apocalyptic events — the end of time as we know it.

Dictionary.com defines "apocalypse" as prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good triumph over the forces of evil. In the Christian tradition, the word refers to the "Revelation of John." Today, however, the term apocalypse has come to be known as any destructive event that might bring an end to the world.

Predictions of world-ending events have popped up throughout history. The big one making the rounds these days is the one surrounding the Mayan calendar, which some say ends on Dec. 21 of this year, marking the end of civilization.

Some of the remaining Mayan elders say that the end of the calendar signals a new cycle, not a catastrophe — but what do they know? Modern students of apocalyptic events blend together the predictions of Nostradamus, a 16th-century pharmacist who wrote vague predictions in Latin, the Mayan calendar and who knows what other t
raditions as proof positive that things are about to end.

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