2012: Extinction or Utopia: Doomsday Prophecies Explored

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Is 2012 the end of the world as we know it? From 2012 to global warming to worldwide pandemics, doomsday scenarios play an increasingly large role in our lives. Do any of these apocalyptic scenarios pose a real, urgent risk? Why does our modern culture continue to embrace these bleak beliefs, and how are they affecting our world?

Separating hype from truth, J. Allan Danelek scrutinizes the ancient Mayan calendar's end date of 2012 and takes a hard look at whether it spells the ...

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Overview

Is 2012 the end of the world as we know it? From 2012 to global warming to worldwide pandemics, doomsday scenarios play an increasingly large role in our lives. Do any of these apocalyptic scenarios pose a real, urgent risk? Why does our modern culture continue to embrace these bleak beliefs, and how are they affecting our world?

Separating hype from truth, J. Allan Danelek scrutinizes the ancient Mayan calendar's end date of 2012 and takes a hard look at whether it spells the end of the world—or a new beginning. Danelek also delves into other doomsday beliefs past and present, from biblical end-times prophecies to biological warfare, and discusses the predictions of world-famous prophets such as Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce.

With piercing logic, Danelek objectively explores the apocalyptic threats that have captured our imagination . . . and reveals startling insights about what kind of future—dire or dazzling—awaits humanity.

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Perhaps the fretting over the coming cosmic dustup has faded, but the world will end in December 2012—or so say certain interpretations of ancient Mesoamerican calendars and dubious readings of Christian and Chinese traditions. Three recent publications take up the 2012 question without fear. Theologian Hitchcock (The Late Great United States: What Bible Prophecy Reveals About America's Last Days) dismisses the prophecies of doom as unreliable and un-Christian, although he embraces the notion of Apocalypse on God's timetable, not available to the mortal eye. Think-tank founder and prolific author Laszlo (Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World) simply uses the notion of the 2012 breakdown/breakthrough as a vehicle for the transformation of the world. Danelek (UFOs: The Great Debate; Mystery of Reincarnation) adopts his usual moderately skeptical stance and his characteristic intelligence to show that prophecies are worse than unreliable and that there is as much reason to greet the future with guarded optimism as millennial panic. VERDICT None of these books will feed the frenzy of the fearful. Hitchcock's title will attract a conservative Christian audience, while Laszlo and Danelek will appeal, respectively, to earth-conscious readers and readers in (and debunkers of) the paranormal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738714646
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A native Minnesotan who currently resides in Colorado, Jeff Allen Danelek has been working as a graphic artist and technical illustrator since leaving the Navy in 1984. While he has been writing as a hobby for fifteen years, it is only in the last few years that he began pursuing it as a full-time vocation. Besides writing, his hobbies include military history, religion and spirituality, numismatics (coin collecting), general science and things like Bigfoot and other mysterious beasties, Atlantis, UFO’s and anything that goes bump in the night. An avid reader and careful researcher, he enjoys presenting alternative theories on increasingly popular subjects dealing with the strange and inexplicable world around us.

Danelek is regularly featured at seminars and conferences around the country, speaking on the topics of ghosts, reincarnation and UFOs. He has been published in FATE magazine and has been a frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and the X-Zone with Rob McConnell. He has also been a guest on Dreamland with Whitley Strieber, the Hilly Rose show, Erskine Overnight, and many popular podcasts. His books include The Case for Ghosts, Atlantis: Lessons from a Prehistoric Civilization, and UFOs: The Great Debate. His latest book is 2012: Extinction or Utopia. Danelek is also a novelist and instructor at Colorado Free University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Prophecy in Retrospect 5

Chapter 2 Why We Believe 19

Chapter 3 Failed Doomsday Prophecies of the Past 29

Chapter 4 Nostradamus: The Seer of St. Rémy 45

Chapter 5 Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet 57

Chapter 6 2012 Hysteria 69

Chapter 7 Prophecy in the Bible 83

Chapter 8 How End-Times Prophecy Works 91

Chapter 9 More Dispensationalist Meanderings from the Bible 101

Chapter 10 The Antichrist 121

Chapter 11 Real Doomsday Scenarios 133

Chapter 12 Ecological Doomsday 157

Chapter 13 The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis 167

Chapter 14 The Problem with Foretelling the Future 175

Chapter 15 Extinction or Utopia: What the Future May Really Hold 183

Conclusion 195

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