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If they turned on their television sets and saw a mushroom cloud had replaced New York City, they would see a silver lining in this cloud. Sam Harris, New York Society for Ethical Culture lecture 2005
It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver-lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud, as it would suggest to them that the best thing that is ever going to happen was about to happen: the return of Christ. It should be blindingly obvious that beliefs of this sort will do little to help us create a durable future for ourselves – socially, economically, environmentally, or geopolitically ... According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the US government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religion dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency. Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
How lucky was I: I was born in the right religion, in the right family, in the right religion, in the right time in history, because the world’s ending any minute ... One of these days, someone is going to be right. Dan Barker, lecture 2001, ‘Losing Faith in Faith’
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper. T S Eliot, The Hollow Men
Who knows but the world may end to-night? Robert Browning, Last Ride Together
The followers of Christ were told they were living in the end of days. Professor Bettany Hughes, Divine Women II: Handmaids of the Gods, BBC 2012
Paul was wrong about the Apocalypse: the world didn’t end. ibid.
Apocalypse, Armageddon, the End of Days – embedded in numerous cultures and religions around the world is the idea that civilisation as we know it will come to a tumultuous end. Ancient Aliens s2e9: Alien Devastations, History 2010
Before creating the Apocalypse I need to find the right candidate. Derren Brown: Apocalypse, Channel 4 2010
Stage 1: Information Control. ibid.
End of World experience created exclusively for him. ibid.
Will he be willing to risk everything to keep his promise to look after Leona? Derren Brown: Apocalypse II
Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily. William Shakespeare, I Henry IV IV i 134
Let heaven kiss earth! Now let not nature’s hand
Keep the wild flood confined! Let order die!
And let this world no longer be a stage
To feed contention in a ling’ring act;
But let one spirit of the first-born Cain
Reign in all bosoms, that each heart being set
On bloody courses, the rude scene may end,
And darkness be the burier of the dead! William Shakespeare, II Henry IV I i 153-160, Northumberland to Morton
The time will come that foul sin, gathering head,
Shall break into corruption. ibid. III i 71-72, King Henry to Warwick
The blood weeps from my heart when I do shape
In forms imaginary th’ unguided days
And rotten times that you shall look upon. ibid. IV iii 58-60, King Henry to Clarence
Stanley Spencer’s Cookham Resurrection depicts the heroic moment at the end of days when all the dead are reborn into paradise. But as always Stanley effortlessly combines the epic with the everyday. Dr James Fox, British Masters II BBC 2011
The world will go mad before Jesus comes, and you will not be able to survive in the city at that time because the demons will direct the people and the looters to your doorstep. John Todd, How to Survive in the End Times
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack of all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity. W B Yeats, The Second Coming
They long for nuclear war. Because nuclear war will presage the second coming of Christ. Richard Dawkins, Freethought Radio September 2006
Colorado City – Continuing his rule behind bars, Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs has told his congregation to prepare for the end of the world before the end of the year.
According to CNN reporter Gary Tuchman, polygamist sect leader Jeffs has declared that the world will end before 2013.
Though church members continue to work, Colorado City’s only grocery store – a gathering place for the town as well – has closed its doors. Sam Brower, a private investigator who has represented more than 100 former FLDS Church members, told CNN that the closure of the store is a confirmation that Jeffs’ declaration is being taken seriously.
Believers do not talk to reporters and nobody was willing to comment on the declaration. CNN reported that some FLDS members even used intimidation techniques involving driving large trucks by their cameras. KSL online article Celeste Rosenlof 28th December 2012, ‘Warren Jeffs Tells FDLS Faithful World Will End Before 2012’
Jim, do you think the end of the world will come at night-time? Rebel Without a Cause 1955 starring James Dean & Natalie Wood & Sal Mineo & Jim Backus & Ann Doran & Corey Allen & William Hopper & Rochelle Hudson & Edward Platt & Nick Adams et al, director Nicholas Ray, Plato
Do you really think the world’s going to end? Shouldn’t we lie down or put paper a bag over our heads or something? The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2005 starring Martin Freeman & Sam Rockwell & Mos Def & Zooey Deschanel & Bill Nighy & Warwick Davis & Anna Chanccellor & John Malkovich & Kelly Macdonald et al, director Garth Jennings; see also novel Douglas Adams, Barman to Ford
How am I supposed to stop the end of the world? Knowing 2009 starring Nicolas Cage & Rose Byrne & Chandler Canterbury & Lara Robinson & Nadia Townsend & Ben Mendelsohn & Alan Hopgood & Liam Hemsworth et al, director Alex Proyas, Cage