Extinction+-+Week+2

Extinction+-+Week+2 - To start you thinking about what it...

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To start you thinking about what it means to be a species that can imagine its own demise, understand its role in the demise of another, and contemplate the end of all life
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Prophecy Beliefs Eschatology Apocalyptic Millennialism Millennial Movements
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human history has divinely ordained meaning meaning is embedded within sacred texts that can be understood through interpretation humans can tell how the future will unfold some prophetic beliefs deal with “end of world,” but not all
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Roots in Judaism ± 586 BCE, after destruction of Jerusalem by Babylonians: Isaiah and Ezekiel ± 167 BCE, after persecution by the Syro-Greek dynasty of the Seleucids: the Book of Daniel ± A new genre of literature , “apocalyptic”: future- looking sense of history
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± Ideology about the coming “end” and genre of literature ± Greek word apokalypsis: “something uncovered” or “revealed” ± Religious apocalyptic thinking : how God will save his people from suffering and evil ± Christianity ² develops fully in Christian scripture and writings between 200 BCE and CE 200 ² New Testament Book of Revelation (revelation of John ) ² Foretells catastrophic events at the end of the world as we know it ² Borrows much of imagery from Book of Daniel
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à narrative form that is of cryptic revelation understood only by believers à the present evil age will give way to a glorious new age through cosmic conflict à à based on dualistic thinking: ± light vs darkness ± good vs evil ± us vs them ± before and after ± hope vs despair ± hope vs horror ± creation vs destruction ± utopia vs dystopia ² à claims to be not just a story about the beginning, middle, and end, but the story à interprets presents earthly circumstances in light of the supernatural world and future à can be messianic
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± oppression ± culture clash ± rapid and disorienting social change
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± Derived from the Latin mille (one thousand) and annus (years) ± Book of Revelation: God will exist on earth for one thousand years (a millennium) ± Belief in imminent transition to a collective
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