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Why We Want To Believe There Will Be No Tomorrow
by Ted Harrison
Publisher:DLT (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd)
An excellent consideration of the end times phenomena that looks at the paranoia, the mistaken dates, the media hype and film sensationalism, the history and most of all the biblical and theological contexts of Apocalypse and End Times thinking. Itís well presented, easy to read and though quite detailed it isnít at all dry for all the facts, dates and figures you find in it Ė but then perhaps thatís because we are so interested in the End Times prophecies, be they Mayan or Christian, that we just enjoy reading about them anyway Ė in the same way as some enjoy reading a scary story before bedtime.
Apocalypse When? considers the psychology that may be behind the escalating rise in such prophecies from various Christian orientated groups, and indeed considers whether our concern for such things is wider than in the past or is it just that our methods of communication are better. Ted Harrison works hard to point out that in the end the one thing all the biblical stories make clear is that we cannot know the day or hour of the end times, and that to dwell on such things is not where we are called to focus our attention, rather we must live the right life here and now.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (18/08/12)