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Will life on earth really come crashing to a halt on December 21, 2012?
Will solar storms trigger devastating earthquakes and volcanoes that obliterate humankind? Will a large-scale science experiment go awry, destroying our civilization? Is Earth on a collision course with an obscure planet? Will any of these events herald the end of the world? Dr. Raymond C. Hundley analyzes the predictions of the ten most prominent apocalyptic theories in the 2012 doomsday movement. He ...
Will life on earth really come crashing to a halt on December 21, 2012?
Will solar storms trigger devastating earthquakes and volcanoes that obliterate humankind? Will a large-scale science experiment go awry, destroying our civilization? Is Earth on a collision course with an obscure planet? Will any of these events herald the end of the world? Dr. Raymond C. Hundley analyzes the predictions of the ten most prominent apocalyptic theories in the 2012 doomsday movement. He investigates the claims of scientists, theologians, mathematicians, technologists, and ancient prophets along with the credibility and probability of each theory. The 2012 predictions of the Mayan calendar are considered alongside the parallel calculations of 16th century astrologer Nostradamus. Dr. Hundley takes a close look at the speculation originating everywhere, from evangelical Christianity to secular academia.
Will the World End in 2012? Dr. Hundley’s conclusion may be what you least expect. He challenges Christians to respond to these predictions not with fear, but with hope and joy. For believers and nonbelievers alike, Hundley’s logical evaluation of Earth’s potential demise provides a fascinating road map of where our civilization could be heading and how we can prepare our hearts and minds for what lies ahead.
When Manuel reached the age of fourteen, his father, Don Miguel, told him it was time he learned about his heritage as a Maya. For the first time, Manuel was allowed to read the incredible Mayan documents that had been passed down to them from generation to generation. Manuel was surprised to read that the gods had made four attempts at the creation of man. The first three failed. He was especially interested in the many calendars the Maya had produced. One calendar was for short periods of time, one for religious ceremonies, and one special calendar for long time periods. Manuel quickly learned the Mayan numbering system, based on units of twenty and a lunar calendar. He was amazed that the Maya had set the date of creation, and he was puzzled when he realized that the long Count Calendar had an end date as well. "Papi, what does that last date mean?" His father looked very solemn as he answered, "Son, our ancestors were great astronomers. They studied the movement of stars and planets, especially Venus. They were so good at it that they were able to predict eclipses and weather changes. Your forefathers looked into the future and saw the end of this present age." Manuel was impressed, but he was also worried. He had one more question. "But what is that end date on the gringo calendar?" Don Miguel's voice quivered slightly as he replied, "It is December 21, 2012, Son." Manuel's face wrinkled as he thought how soon that date would arrive and all he would miss doing if the world ended on that day.
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The Mayan empire was one of the most amazing and most gruesome civilizations in all of human history. Although the Mayan civilization began in about 2000 BC, its "Classic Period" lasted from about AD 250 to 900. It was in the Classic Period that Mayan civilization reached its high point in writing, art, architecture, and astronomy. Their empire encompassed Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and central Mexico. The Maya developed large urban centers based on agriculture. There is ample evidence that they founded small villages around their central cities where the growing of corn enabled them to nourish their families well.
Mayan expert Dr. Michael Coe observed how most of the Maya lived: "Villages made up of thatched-roof houses, in no way very different from those in use among modern Mayan peasants now, dotted the land." They lived in highly complex social groups centered on religious practices and a strictly ordered societal life. Local kings, "who claimed descendance from a different god in the Mayan pantheon, governed the large cities. Most of the time the kings were also shamans, or holy men, and served to open portals to the gods via ecstatic states."
The Maya practiced human sacrifice as part of their religion, often using children for the ritual in which the Mayan priest cut open the still-alive child's chest and pulled out the heart as a sacrifice to the gods. In fact, to celebrate the beginning of a new year, the Maya "ripped out the heart of a sacrificial victim ... and started a flame with a fire drill in his open chest cavity." As one Mayan expert has explained, "Put simply, human beings were vicariously sacrificed to the gods as reimbursement for the gift of life." They also served to appease the planet Venus, which the Maya believed would harm them with "violent and negative influences" if they did not offer up bloody human sacrifices.
In Mayan mythology, the sun god demanded blood to continue functioning. Like believers in most mythology-centered religions, the Maya believed that what happens on Earth also happens in the heavenly realm. So, blood sacrifices, especially of the heart of the victim, were a way to feed the gods and guarantee fertile crops and well-being for the people. Since the Maya believed that the gods gave their own blood to humans in creation, the human sacrifice ritual signified that as the heart and blood were extracted on Earth and burned in fire, the gods were nourished with their own blood. The great mythological epic of the K'iche' Maya, known as the Popul Vuh, records the origins of this custom. Without blood sacrifices, the gods would die, and all life on Earth would die with them.
Priests were responsible for making sure such ceremonies were celebrated on favorable days, based on the movements of the stars and planets. They believed that certain days on their calendar were sacred days and therefore apt for blood sacrifices to be made to the gods. They observed, recorded, and measured the movements of the sun, the moon, and the planet Venus to determine which days were most auspicious for their ceremonies. The Maya created a special calendar to keep track of those days, based on the movements of the planet Venus, called the Tzolk'in.
Because of that foundational belief in their religion, they were also famous for their achievements in astronomy. They had to make sure their ceremonies corresponded to specific movements of the stars and planets and seasons of the year. So, the Maya built incredible observatories at sites like Palenque, Tikal, and Chichen Itzá, where they studied the movements of stars year after year. They made very meticulous, sophisticated calculations about the orbits of the sun and the planet Venus and other stars, seasonal changes, and eclipses of the sun and moon. Without the use of telescopes, the Maya were able to calculate the exact number of days in a year with greater precision than the Gregorian calendar we use today. Christian scholar Mark Hitchcock observed, "The Maya weren't just interested in time, they were obsessed with it. They were galactic masters." It is true that the Mayan calendar scholars kept incredibly detailed records of the "cycles of the moon, the sun, and Venus. Their uncanny accuracy was not duplicated until modern times."
Based on their studies in astronomy, the Maya created a calendar system that plotted the history of time starting with the beginning of the current world on August 11, 3114 BC. Using a lunar calendar system, the Maya measured time in units of twenty. Twenty kin (days) made a winal (month); 18 winals made a tun (year); 20 tuns made a katun (20 years); and 20 katuns made a baktun (400 years). To designate a specific date, they recorded it in terms of how far away from the start of creation it was. So, the Mayan "long count" calendar date 184.108.40.206.17 represents 6 baktuns, 4 katuns, 8 tuns, 9 winals, and 17 kin/days from the creation of the present world.
The significance of the Mayan calendar is that it appears to predict 13 baktuns as the end time of the present world age. After dating every year from the beginning of time, the calendar abruptly ends at the close of the thirteenth baktun. Translating the Mayan calendar date into the Gregorian calendar system used today produces a date of December 21, 2012, as the end-date for the present age. That is the date on which the Great Cycle of the Long Count reaches its culmination. Mark Hitchcock concluded that "the ancient Aztec calendar corroborates the Mayan end date, also pointing to the end of the present cycle as December 21, 2012."
The first claim that the end of the Mayan calendar corresponds to December 21, 2012, appeared in Robert Sharer's revision of Sylvanus Morley's book The Ancient Maya (1983). Since that time, numerous authors have confirmed this date as the end of the Mayan calendar cycle and therefore, the end of the world. Works like those of Michael D. Coe popularized this interpretation of the significance of the Mayan calendar for many in the 2012 doomsday movement. Coe, who is emeritus professor of anthropology and emeritus curator of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, received Guatemala's highest honor, the Order of the Quetzal, for his excellent research in Mayan culture and writings in that country. His concepts have been crystallized in Breaking the Maya Code, an eye-opening DVD feature documentary produced by David Lebrun. Coe's expert knowledge of Mayan culture, architecture, and glyph-writings has qualified him as a world-renowned expert in Mayan studies. His endorsement of 2012 as the end date of the world adds a great deal of academic respectability to the 2012 doomsday movement's interpretations.
Confidence in the Mayan ability to understand astronomical realities and accurately predict future events has become a mainstay of apocalyptic projections in the last two decades. The Maya are revered by many people today as the most amazing predictors of future events in human history. Faith in their ability to pinpoint the end of the world has become a basic tenet of the 2012 doomsday movement. Almost everyone who learns of the Mayan ability to track orbits, eclipses, and minute movements of stars is astounded by their advanced technological skills in spite of their lack of modern tools. Where did they gain these abilities?
Some have suggested that they must have received this sophisticated knowledge from extraterrestrials. Others have concluded that survivors of the mystical Atlantis communicated this information to them. It is known that the Maya used hallucinogenic plants, peyote, and mushrooms to place themselves in a trance in which "they were able to travel among the stars.... It was during trance states that some of the advanced knowledge is claimed to have been discovered." John Major Jenkins referred to these drug-induced experiences favorably as "shamanistic knowledge-gathering journeys into inner space" in which the Maya were able to understand many of the mysteries of the universe through the heightened powers of hallucinogenic drugs.
Mark Hitchcock believes that "they learned it from their gods, which were not gods at all, but demonic spirits.... Much of the barbaric, bloodthirsty 'worship' of the Mayans, including human sacrifices, can be accounted for if we recognize that it was demonically motivated by the real power behind their gods of stone."
In 1987, Mayan expert José Argüelles published his influential text The Mayan Factor, in which he combined Mayan documentary evidence and mystical spirituality to affirm the end-of-the-world date of 2012. Argüelles and his colleagues have promoted an international 2012 movement that combines doomsday predictions with mystical teachings about being in harmony with the universe, establishing peace among all people, and openness to cosmic states of consciousness that are trying to teach us to live in unity with one another. Argüelles does not see 2012 as the total end of the world, but as the end of the present world order, which will usher in a new, improved world.
José Argüelles "was honored on March 3, 2002 as 'Valum Votan, Closer of the Cycle' atop the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán by nine Indigenous Elders who awarded him a ceremonial staff for his efforts in helping to wake humanity up to the meaning of 2012." So, there are certainly some important indigenous leaders who agree with Argüelles that 2012 spells the end of the present world order and the beginning of a new one.
Two questions that arise from this assertion are: (1) How does the Maya's meticulous ability to study the movement of stars and predict eclipses and weather conditions qualify them as predictors of the future and the end of the world? (2) Did the Maya really see the end of the thirteenth baktun as the end of the world?
Several famous Mayan experts have challenged the idea that December 21, 2012, corresponds to the end of the world. In their collaborative work A Forest of Kings, Mayan scholars Linda Schele and David Freidel insisted that the end of the thirteenth baktun does not signal the end of the world, but indicates a major change in world history, with many events occurring after that date. In this interpretation of the Mayan documents, the 2012 date is seen to be a time of transition into a new, improved age for humanity, not the end of it. Mayan expert Linda Schele has published more than forty books on these subjects. After more than twenty years of careful study of Mayan art, architecture, and writings, Schele concluded: "The Maya ... did not conceive this to be the end of this creation, as many have suggested." She illustrated her point by citing a Mayan prophecy that predicts events in AD 4772.
Mayan scholar Mark Van Stone pointed out that alternate forms of the Mayan calendar documents do not contain any reference to 2012 as the end of the world. In Van Stone's definitive work on this subject, It's Not the End of the World: What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012, he goes to great lengths to show that the Maya did not have a concept of the world ending in 2012. His conclusion: "Life and the calendar will continue without interruption beyond 2012.... The short answer from the Maya is, It's not the end of the world!" This is especially significant since Van Stone is a colleague and coauthor with Michael D. Coe, who insists that 2012 is the end date of the world for the Maya.
Writing for the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (FAMSI), however, Van Stone stated categorically:
There is nothing in the Maya or Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican prophecy to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012. The notion of a "Great Cycle" coming to an end is completely a modern invention. Mayan inscriptions that predict the future consistently show that they expected life to go on pretty much the same forever. At Palenque, for instance, they predicted that people in the year AD 4772 would be celebrating the anniversary of the coronation of their great king Pakal.
THE DEBATE GOES ON
Despite the impressive studies by Mayan experts like Schele, Freidel, and Van Stone, the controversy goes on between those who say the Maya were making a doomsday prediction for 2012 and those who insist there is no indication the Maya saw that date as being the end of the world. Those of us in the Western world tend to see history as a linear progression. That is, we see events having a beginning, a middle, and an end. Many cultures like the Mayan see history as cyclical. That is, there is a beginning and a middle, but the ending is merely a repetition of the former beginning that is coming around again. As Mayan expert Gerald Benedict expressed it, "For the Maya, the future was believed to be a repetition and variation of what had happened in the past." It is not surprising that many Mayan scholars do not see 2012 as the end of the world, but as a new beginning of human society.
One of the oldest Mayan calendar manuscripts is housed in archives in Dresden, Germany. Professor Nikolai Grube, a Mayan scholar, has been studying the Dresden Codex for many years and has concluded that the last chapter of the document does communicate a warning about the end of the world. He noted that it describes black clouds, lightning, torrential rain, and the destruction of the planet.
Former NASA consultant Richard C. Hoagland has done extensive research at Tikal, the capital of the Mayan Empire. He explained that the ending of the Mayan Long Count Calendar on December 21, 2012, does foretell planetwide destruction as the last cycle ends. Hoagland predicted that Earth's rotational axis will be altered, and that the change of Earth's position will result in earthquakes, super-volcanic eruptions, and a colossal wave sweeping around the world, destroying everything in its path.
On the other hand, Mayanist John Major Jenkins, who has done extensive exploration of key Mayan sites and documents, came to the opposite conclusion. Jenkins explained that December 21, 2012, does not signal the end of the world for the Maya, but the beginning of a new cycle in human history. Jenkins insisted that the 2012 date originated in the Mayan city of Izapa, and that it signifies a rebirth of the world at the end of a cycle. He sees it as a time of "transformation and renewal" for the world, not a time of destruction. He stated that he is working hard to combat "the growing wave of fear" being produced by doomsday interpreters.
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1 The Mayan Factor 1
2 Solar Storms 19
3 CERN and the Large Hadron Collider 27
4 The Predictions of Nostradamus 39
5 The Reversal of the Magnetic Poles 53
6 Collision with Planet X 61
7 Earth's Alignment with the Galactic Plane 71
8 Eruption of the Super Volcano 83
9 The Web Bot Project 93
10 Religious Predictions of the End of the World 101
11 Final Evaluations 125
12 Preparation for the End of the World 137
Epilogue for Christians 149
Major Works Cited 165
About the Author 171
Study Guide for Individuals or Groups 173
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Posted December 16, 2010
In Will the World End in 2012?, Raymond Hundley, PhD, gives a Christian evaluation of the ten most prominent apocalypse theories causing 2012 mania.
In the first millennia after the birth of Christ, nestled in the mountains of Central America, the Mayan people gazed at the stars and calculated days, months, years, and even the future. Their calendar, more sophisticated than any the world had known, indicated an abrupt end of time, December 21, 2012. The future they predicted is now upon us.
"There have been 149 apocalypse predictions between AD 44 and 2009," says author Dr. Raymond Hundley. But will it really happen? In this stirring, balanced, and well-researched book, he evaluates the ten most prominent apocalypse theories and gives a surprising answer to the question everyone is asking.
His knowledge and insights lead to compelling conclusions . . . and a heartfelt call for all of humanity to look upon Jesus Christ as it seeks clarity and peace.
Dr. Hundley takes a look into all the major "end time" prophecies. The major one today I suppose would be the end of the world in 2012 according to the end of the Mayan long count calendar. Although these different prophecies have been spread down through history by men like Nostradamus; and mankind has begun to panic and even attempt to prepare for such a disaster, Dr. Hundley makes it a point in telling the reader that the only way to prepare for the fulfillment of any end time prophecy, be it those of the Mayans or Nostradamus or those of our Lord himself, is to accept Jesus as your Savior and prepare your soul for its eternity. This book clarifies what these different prophecies are and the reasoning (if any) behind them. I like that the Author is so clear in his descriptions of the prophecies. He also takes the Christian approach in studying them. All around this is an interesting book if you like the end time subject. This book was provided by Thomas Nelson Publishing for my honest review.
Will the World End in 2012? (A Christian Guide to the Question Everyone is Asking About) by Raymond Hundley
This book assesses many of the views and scenarios of how the world will end, specifically in 2012. There are some views presented which are downright preposterous while others might leave a person wondering whether the ash or the lava will consume them. As a whole, Dr. Hudley presents a myriad of theories and honestly attempts to assess each without a Christian bias, though there are times his faith is very evident. The conclusion and premise of the book is where his faith is most apparent, but that is the point.
As a whole, I give this book a 2.5 out of 5. Dr. Hundley's presentation of the topics and scenarios seems underdeveloped at times. His attempts to be unbiased also leave some of the assessments not making much sense. To the learned Christian reader, his conclusion is not very challenging as most of its content can be found in Sunday School Curriculum. Aside from these, I did learn quite a bit in these pages and even got a little startled about possible natural disasters even in my own backyard. Check this book out from the library.
Posted July 29, 2010
In reading the book, Will the World End in 2012?, I viewed it from an interesting perspective. Having visited the Mayan ruins at Chichen-Itza, Yucatan, Mexico in 2008, I had taken a bit of interest in the 12-21-12 date and theories.
This book is clearly well-researched and full of MORE information than I even knew existed on the various theories and background information about this topic. Each chapter of the book covers a particular theory as well as the criticism or support for each theory. I was very impressed with the fact that this author stuck to the premise that as Christians we are told in the Bible that NO one can really know the exact time or date of the end of the world. I was astonished to find out that there are believers, well-known teachers of the Word of God that are now adhering to the date of December 21, 2012 as the end of the world.
I am more convinced than ever that I believe NO one can know the time. We just have to be ready. I was impressed with the book's final chapter which included a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(I received a free copy of this book to review from Booksneeze.com.)
Posted July 27, 2010
Will life on earth come to a halt on December 21, 2012? In this book, Hundley explores ten well-known theories for the end of the world in 2012, including the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, and Solar Storms. He emphasizes the importance of living a life of Christian hope and joy instead of letting fear take over as we go toward the potential end of the world.
While Hundley gives examples of several theories, he doesn't exactly take sides. The books lays out the general idea of each end-of-the-world scenario, then moves on to the next. Hundley seems to use the book to give readers the basic idea of some popular theories, but he didn't much of his analysis. The author's point of view is not clear, although he does not urge readers to be concerned about the end of the world. His message is vague, but it seems to be that we should live as Christians regardless of when life ends.
The book is an informative, quick, and easy read. I would not necessarily recommend the book, but it was interesting to read some of the predictions I hadn't heard before.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted May 31, 2010
With all the interest swirling around these days with respect to the end of the world as we know it, it seems that this book is relevant. There are many avenues to the realization that the end is near, from the Mayan calendar to religious predictions, and everything in between. The book describes 10 of the most popular, giving each space enough to explain their footing, followed by a realistic conclusion.
I found the book to be relevant from my perspective as a Christian. It seems that quite a bit of relevance has been placed on things like the Mayan calendar, which is supposed to end on December 21, 2012. Two sides are discussed in the book, one being the end of the calendar is doom inspiring, while the other merely says it is a significant change in humanity.
Scientific aspects are divulged regarding planetary alignment with the galaxy, huge solar flares, and the effect on the Earth. This effect could be anything from huge earthquakes, giant tsunami's, and major volcanic reactions (the biggest example being Yellowstone).
Personally, I find this growing discussion over the end of the world fascinating, but perhaps not from the angle calculated by those who may read this: It just makes for good reading. I have no fear for tomorrow, or 2012. If the end comes, so be it. If it does not, so be it. I will continue to live on the Earth, or live with Jesus and God in Heaven. I cannot lose!
I would say this book is a good read for someone looking for a central explanation of the differing theories being presented regarding the end of the world in 2012 (or in general). It reads easy and quickly (I read it in 2 hours). It will be money well spent!
Posted May 31, 2010
Will solar storms trigger devastating earthquakes and volcanoes that obliterate humankind? Will a large-scale science experiment go awry, destroying our civilization? Is Earth on a collision with an obscure planet? Will any of these events herald the end of the world? Dr. Raymond C. Hundley analyzes the predictions of the ten most prominent apocalyptic theories in 2012 doomsday movement. He investigates the claims of scientists, theologians, mathematicians, technologists and ancient prophets along with the credibility and probability of each theory. The 2012 predictions of the Mayan calendar are considered alongside the parallel calculations of 16th century astrologer Nostradamus.
Dr. Hundley takes a close look at the speculation originating everywhere, from evangelical Christianity to secular academia.
Posted May 28, 2010
The 2012 doomsday legend, unknown until a few years ago, is all the rage. No one knows exactly how many books have been published in the past couple of years about it. One list I saw had 40 titles, but it's not complete because Dr. Raymond Hundley's Will the World End in 2012? was not listed.
Hundley is a Christian theologian who can write plainly about far-out topics. In this book, he analyzes the different permutations of 2012 lore, beginning with the Mayans. Not being an initiate in the 2012 phenomenon, I was reassured to learn from his book that the theory involves more than just the Mayans. For all their ballyhooed prowess in calendarizing, it is still a historical fact that the Mayans never caught onto the principle of the wheel and were otherwise a barbaric and bloodthirsty lot. As Hundley dares ask, what if they actually did predict the world would end in 2012? What did they know anyhow?
Good question. Of course, he goes on to question whether the Mayan witch doctors really did intend to suggest 2012 was the Exit time. Maybe they just thought it would be a turning point. It does appear back in the day they believed they'd still be the only game in town in Mesoamerica come 2012, so we know from that that their prognostication skills were not infallible.
The book's most interesting chapters have to do with the many ways we might be going bye-bye in a few years hence. One of my favorite agents of doom is the Large Hadron Collider, which just might create a tiny little black hole at the center of the earth that will, in the fullness of time, finish off the planet and us with it.
The supposed "super volcano" smoldering beneath the surface at Yellowstone National Park is also a promising threat. Hundleyeven suggests that terrorists might explode a nuclear device at the bottom of Old Faithful, to set things in motion.
Other tasty possibilities in this witches' brew of global calamities include the possible reversal of the planet's poles, storms on the surface of the sun of catastrophic proportions, the earth's imminent collision with a heretofore unknown Planet X, and maybe the weirdest, the supposedly infallible predictions of Web Bots, little spider apps crawling the Web picking up clues to incipient mayhem and destruction.
Dr. Hundley, doesn't buy any of it however. In the final analysis and final chapter he reflects on the possibility of impending global doom and, while downplaying it, uses the opportunity to put in a sales pitch for his faith. The world may not actually end in 2012, but maybe we should act like it's going to. By which, being a man of the cloth, He doesn't mean to engage in drunken debauchery and run up massive credit card debt. That would be business as usual. What he would like-and what he imagines would please God-would be if humans treated one another with more kindness, respect, and love. Even a cynic like myself can't argue with that.
I doubt that 2012 will be the end. It will likely be just another year in the Long Goodbye western civilization is saying to itself. Humanity will go on, nothing earth-shaking will seem to have happened, and once 2013 rolls around, all the 2012 doomsayers will, emerge shamefaced and crestfallen. Yet, in a sense, they will probably hahave been right. 2012 will have been the end, and 2013 and 2014 and who knows how many years after that-they will all be part of one prolonged End Time. What lies beyond them, no one knows or would care to see.
Posted May 18, 2010
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Dr. Raymond C. Hundley's book, "Will The World End in 2012?" is a quick read with only 184 pages, including a well-written study guide at the end. He begins with a review of the film, "2012," which I opted not to see.
Dr. Hundley introduces each prediction with a believable scenario, then takes the reader through the pros and cons of the chapter, and ends with his scientific opinion as to whether or not the catastrophe is feasible.
My only critism is his overuse of the word "relationship" in the last chapter. I'll say no more so as not to spoil the ending.
This is a book I would recommend, especially to my friend in law school who will graduate in 2012(haha). I intend to read it again with the study guide in mind. I'd like to get 100% on the questions he asks at the end.
Posted May 12, 2010
The short answer is no. The book covers ten scenarios that some people believe will cause the end of the world in 2012. Hundley does a good job in looking at each one, weighing it's credibility, and likelyhood of being the cause of the world's end. Of these four have any real likelihood of happening and only two have the capability of causing the devastation imagined. This book isn't a religious rant, this book is written by a scientist and a believer who did his research, presents a realistic analysis of the proposed world ending circumstances and the possibility of their coming to pass.
I found the book illuminating and a good read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone whose fear of the future are causing them anguish. The author assures us that whatever the future holds we shouldn't fear it, since there isn't anything we can do about it. We should, however, prepare ourselves by starting a relationship with God and if you already do, to strengthen your faith.
"You can have hope and confidence, too, whether the world ends for you in 2012 or tomorrow. You can face the end with courage and hope and even joy if Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Savior and heaven is your ultimate destination. The best antidote for the fear and dread that the 2012 predictions can cause is to begin a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the Lord of time and the Victor over death itself" Hundley, Raymond C Ph.D.
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Posted May 11, 2010
A book that is abundant in historical references that attempts the answer the modern puzzling question of "will the world end in 2010?"
I got this book thinking it would be an entertaining read that would perhaps give me some insight to a question that I, as a Christian, had been wondering about.
Sadly, I was mistaken.
This book references many historical examples to try to answer the unsolvable question, going all the way back in history the the Myans.
I was not thinking I would feel as though I was sitting through a history lecture.
Although interesting at first, the book got old quite boring with all of its historical examples. They were used to try to prove a point, and the point couldn't be proven without all the examples, for it would not be relevant. But I am just not interested in reading what sounds like someone's history research paper. It just does not appeal to me.
I finished the book, and it was hard to get through. I just wanted to put it down and stop reading it.
This is just my two cents. Maybe you'll like it (if you are a history goo-roo).
Overall, it was boring and a major disappointment.
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Posted May 10, 2010
After watching the movie "2012", I became extremely intrigued by the thoughts this movie imposed. Is the world really going to end December 12, 2012? Knowing that the movie may not be entirely based on fact, I eagerly accepted the chance to review the book "Will the World End in 2012? A Christian's Guide to the Question Everyone is Asking" by Raymond C. Hundley, PH.D.
Dr. Hundley summarizes the ten most well known ideas on how people think the world will come to an end including the Mayan calendar, solar storms, volcanic eruptions and Christian perspectives. Each chapter starts with a story to give the reader a visual idea about that particular viewpoint. He then explains the facts that are known about each idea, as well as his own summary at the end.
While some of the theories are a bit hard to grasp, the book itself is very easy to read. It's intriguing, factual and not overwhelming like some books can be. Each chapter covers only one theory. This makes it easy to read the ones you are most curious about first and then come back to the others. I had presumed that Dr. Hundley would try to dismiss each theory, however he provides the facts known about each and leaves it up to the reader on whether or not they believe. I felt that each chapter was only a small summary of the research he conducted for this book and would have liked a bit more information to help me understand each theory. I felt like I was left to explore the facts more after reading this book, instead of having an understanding.
Mark 13:32 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, only the Father."
As a Christian, I know that I am not supposed to worry about the end, but look at it as an exciting time when Jesus comes back for us and we are finally taken home to live with Him. However, my natural instinct is to not want it to end. If I had my choice we would all live forever. I want the chance to get married, have kids and visit my grandchildren. I want so much more in life that I have not accomplished yet. This book has definitely given me the motivation I need to rebuild my relationship with God. I've be a CEO Christian (Christmas and Easter Only) for the last few years and only prayed when I needed God to help a sick loved one. I'm not proud of this and while I don't feel that I need to go to church every Sunday, I would like to go more often and work on my relationship with God.
Posted May 9, 2010
Apocalypse stories make great movies, you can't deny it, and with the most recent 2012, Raymond Hundley, Ph.D., explores ten 'end of the world' theories in his book, Will The World End in 2012?
If you are one of those people who don't like the end of the book or movie spoilt, then you better look away now! Hundley's carefully researched book draws a firm conclusion. Will the world end in 2012? Most likely not.
So why read this book?
Raymond Hundley does an expert job in presenting ten end of the world theories in an easily digestible read. Each theory is detailed in a simple and straight forward way, even if the theory isn't simple and straight forward to begin with. He then draws on other suitably expert opinion, before finally, but importantly, drawing upon his own solid Christian perspective.
From Mayan calendar prophecies, to 'string-lets' tearing the very fabric of our existence, to super-volcanoes, to black holes being manufactured under Europe, Will The World End in 2012? paints a fantastical picture showing that there are endless people in our world looking forward to its destruction. Indeed, Hundley states, "There have been 149 apocalypse predictions between AD 44 and 2009," and as Christians it should come as no surprise to us that the end of the world is coming.
Towards the close of Will The World End in 2012?, Raymond Hundley offers a solid Christian perspective on the end of the world predictions, and he clearly sets out the simple plan of redemption and hope through faith in Jesus.
Did I think the world was going to end in 2012? No. I haven't even seen the movie that uses that date in its title. But I know plenty of people who have and Hundley's book certainly has helped me respond to many of the questions that they have raised after watching the movie.
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Posted May 7, 2010
Let me begin by saying this is a fabulous book for someone like me! You see, I made the decision long ago to stop watching the daily news and reading the local newspaper. There is so much negative press that it is no wonder our world remains in a constant state of depression and fear. I have made the effort to routinely listen to the world news on National Public Radio every afternoon on my commute home from work.
After reading this book, I felt I had been provided a fascinating overview of the predictions of how our world will end on December 21, 2012. I thought the book was extremely informative; so much so that I felt a sense of intelligence when the topic of the Large Hadron Collider was explained at a recent Christian Conference I attended.
In the introduction to the book, Dr. Raymond Hundley states: "The rise and fall of interest in predictions of the end of the world appear to follow the same rise and fall of stresses, dangers, and exasperation over the actual conditions of human life." And isn't our world in a state of constant stress and danger?
I agree with Dr. Hundley's conclusion that none of us know when the world will end. We don't even know what will happen on our drive home from work (TRUST ME)! What matters at the end of the day (and at the end of the world) is that we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! It is our responsibility as Christians to share the good news so every person on earth can spend eternity in Heaven (whenever the time comes)!
*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Posted May 4, 2010
Will The World End in 2012?
Raymond C. Hundley, PH.D.
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
I was a bit hesitant at reading this book, as I was unsure what to expect from a Christian writer approaching the subject of a Mayan prediction, which is a skeptical prediction at best; a controversial at least!
Dr. Hundley handles this subject with grace, as only a man of God would do.
He objectively looks at: The Mayan Factor, Solar Storms, CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, The Predictions of Nostradamus, The Reversal of the Magnetic Poles, Collision with Planet X, Earth's Allignment with the Galactic Plane, Eruption of the Super Volcano, The Web Bot Project, Religious Predictions of the End of the World, and finally, Preparation for the End of the World.
Dr. Hundley makes it abundantly clear that the world COULD end in 2012. It could also end tomorrow.
As Christians we need not fear whatever the future may hold!
I may not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future!
***DISCLOSURE: Thomas Nelson, Inc. provided us with a free copy of this book for review. All review comments are entirely my own. - cbh
Posted May 2, 2010
The book "Will the World End in 2012?" by Raymond C Hundley is a book that discusses the very popular issue of the world possibly ending in 2012. Hundley researched ten different 'myths/beliefs' about how the world may end in 2012, including the ever-popular Mayan belief. This book talks about what he found in his research, with one chapter dedicated to each of the beliefs the researched.
I believe that this book will intrigue many people, for it covers many different ideas and beliefs about a topic that everybody seems to be thinking about as we draw closer to the year 2012. Although the author is a proclaimed Christian, I believe that he does a very nice job of sticking to the facts. It was also nice that he added a chapter at the end of the book aimed at his christian readers to further help them understand his findings as well as what the Bible says the issue.
This book was overall interesting and opened my eyes to the many different views of how, if, and why the world will end in 2012. I would suggest doing more research on your own, however, after reading the book, for you should always look things up for yourself.
Posted by Kassie at 11:34 AM
Posted May 1, 2010
In this book Hundley addresses the current hot topic of the end of the world. He covers ten of the most common theories and addresses each one individually in the first ten chapters, then follows up with two chapters on how a Christian should react to this. I enjoyed this book, although it felt a bit redundant at times. I was disappointed that many of the theories about the end of the world mentioned are not time specific, making them seem a bit out of place in a book intended to look specifically at the year 2012. I appreciated Hundley's thoughts on how to be prepared spiritually for the end of the world at all times. Overall I think this is a good book for Christians who want to be aware of the theories that are out there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2010
You probably would have to be living under rock not to have heard the predictions of planetary destruction that the planet faces in 2012. For years, I have been fascinated with Biblical prophecies of the end times, starting with Hal Lindsay's "Late Great Planet Earth" and others. So I was very excited when I saw that I could have the opportunity to review Raymond C. Hundley's newest book "Will the World End in 2012" for BookSneeze.com.
Dr. Hundley is a former pastor and seminary professor, so his treatise of the subject matter is from an evangelical Christian viewpoint. He tackles ten possible scenarios for the end of the world in the year 2012. Among these are the predictions of the Mayan calendar, possible solar storms, the eruption of a super volcano, the predictions of Nostradamus, and prophecies of the end of the world from a number of different religions.
Given Hundley's background, not surprisingly, the longest chapter in the book is the chapter on the religious predictions of the end of the earth. The Old and New Testament prophesies get the most ink. However, Hundley does an adequate job of including prophesies from the Muslim faith, the I Ching, the Hindu faith, and the Hopi Indian tribe. In the chapter on the Mayan calendar, he does a great job of quoting multiple sources, several of which conclude that 12/21/12 is an end of the world event, and several that quote it as a "changing point" in the world order.
Hundley also addresses some of the predictions of world doom from scientific possibilities. In these areas, I felt a little shortchanged as a reader. It would be the one complaint I would have against the book. For instance, the chapter on possible solar storms in 2012, a subject I am very interested in, contained a mere 3 pages. Other chapters that harbor potential peril for the fate of the planet based on scientific fact are not quite as short as the solar storms, but are among the shorter chapters in the book.
All in all though, I enjoyed reading "Will the World End in 2012?" The subtitle to the book is "A Christian Guide to the Question Everyone's Asking," and as such has the expected evangelical call to acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior. The epilogue calls for Christians that have read the book to live their lives as if the world would end in 2012 or tomorrow and live a life in honor of Christ. Even if you are not a religious person, or interested in Christianity, this book does have a lot of information about the possible "end of the world" in 2012. The author reaches his conclusion. It could, but you will have to read the book for the details.