Religious and Secular on Eschatological and Apocalyptic teaching.

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  • Eschatological & Apocalyptic teachings
    • Religious
      • Christianity: Apocalyptic writing first appeared in the Old Testament (Book of Daniel)
        • In Daniel it says he experienced 4 apocalyptic visions, strange revelations,. All depict a powerful king who defies the temple and incurs divine judgement.
        • Also sections of New Testament - Olivet  Prophecy - known as 'little apocalypse' in Mark, Matthew and Luke - includes Jesus' descriptions of end times.
          • Jesus warns his followers that they will suffer tribulation and persecution. Some take this literally (Judgement day)
            • But he doesn't know when "But about that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, not even the son, only the father."
            • Some people would say that this is outrageous (secularists) and judgement day is made up.
        • Most central Christian piece of Apocalyptic literature is the Book of Revelation which presents different things each can be interpreted a different way. Four ways.
          • Preterism, Historicism, Futurism, Idealism
    • Secular
      • Views on end of world put into TWO categories
        • Natural disasters: Super volcano, Climate change, Magnetic pole switch, expansion of sun.
        • Man made disasters: Super plague, Nuclear war, Catastrophic oil crisis, Monetary disaster.
          • Because people believe this it leads them to prepare for the end of the world. Underground hide outs, store of weapons and food supplies.  Plans to escape/ run away
            • Natural disasters: Super volcano, Climate change, Magnetic pole switch, expansion of sun.
        • T.V programme, 'Dooms day preppers' gives insight into secularist lives preparing.
          • This is seen as outrageous to many people.

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