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Dean, Jodi on Mon, 30 May 2011 18:25:04 +0200 (CEST)


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The book, When Prophesy Fails, by Leon Festinger (sp?) is an influential account of a UFO contactee cult expecting something like a 'rapture'. For some sociologists, it
is a definitive study in dealing with cognitive dissonance in the face of failed predictions.

Evangelical Christians tend to believe in the 'second coming of Christ.' Pre-millenial dispensationalism is a specific doctrine that emphasizes the rapture of the church and the
rule of the anti-Christ. The popular Left Behind book series (the authors I think are LaHaye and Jenkins) was a novelization of the rapture and end times. The books were made
into a couple of movies and were published in adult and 'youth' versions.

Jodi
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> does anyone have more info on this Rapture dynamic that happened in
> USA. is it true that a surprisingly large number of people in the
> USA belief in "rapture"

<snip>

The 'rapture' monicker (in) itself is fairly old hat in the US, I
remember it was a recurrent theme during Reagan's presidency, and that
it generally is a specific, if somewhat weird, underground part of the
neo-con credo.

The disquieting aspect of its current version is that it resonate
with a particular strand of doomsdayism that appears to form a
significant proportion of today's Zeitgeist in connexion with the
current financial, economic and political crisis, at least in 'the
West'.

Rapture also partakes in a very elitist, exclusionary, and in the
(very near) end, exterminatory world-view which bodes ill in political
terms should it become too influential. A kind of reverse 'Anonymous',
but with the same - yet very different - "Expect Us" message.

Cheers from a cloudy morning in Toulouse,

patrizio & Diiiinooos!










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