8/15/2005 | Share this article:By TygrBright
Oh, those wacky Rapture-maniacs.
How we love to mock them, with their bizarre "countdown clocks" and their tacky literature and their oh-so-mockable bumper stickers. And there is much within the bizarre range of pre-millenialist theology that would be comical, if it weren't for the astonishing numbers of humorlessly devout believers in this nihilistic mutation of Christian eschatology. According to a 1999 Newsweek poll, forty-five percent of American adults believe that the events described in the Book of Revelations will occur on Earth within their lifetime.
Given the escalated level of these beliefs on the loon-o-meter, why should they be food for concern, no matter how widespread they are? After all, an overwhelming portion of the world's population believed in strange creation myths involving turtles and dragons, etc., not to mention a flat earth, and we've managed to muddle through alright. Where's the harm in people believing a bearded white guy will appear on a cloud and fwoooooosh! them up into the sky to live on in bliss while all the people they don't like get left behind to endure unspeakable torment?
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