Tangled in Apocalyptic Thought -- Sightings (Daniel Hummel)
Is the end of the world near at hand? Apocalyptic language is rampant in our times, with a President who is often spoken of in "biblical" terms by his admirers. Then there is the environmental crisis looming, which often takes on apocalyptic tones. So, what should we make of all of this? For a brief, but helpful look at the apocalyptic tones of our time, one might consult this Sightings article by Daniel Hummel, who has studied American dispensationalist evangelicalism and its implications. Having been drawn into the web of dispensationalism as a teen reading The Late Great Planet Earth, but weaned off it long before the Left Behind novels came out, I have a sense of its influence not only on religion but politics as well. This is a nice introduction, and a good way for Sightings to return for the fall. Take a read and offer your thoughts.