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Dr. Rayeye,

You make some good points. There are many different types of beliefs. It is outside the scope of my book to address some of them -- I am not concerned with aliens or mermaids, and I do not care to debunk conspiracy theories like "9/11 was an inside job" or "Obama was born in Kenya" What I am concerned with is the fear that has destroyed people's lives, over the idea that the world is coming to an end. It is particularly revolting when one realizes that these doomsday theories were all wrong, so lives were ruined over nothing.

I am glad there are diverse points of view here on these boards. While some authors/speakers change the content of their message depending on who their audience is, I actually enjoy being open and honest, and providing the same consistent message -- no matter who is reading or listening.

So the point you raise about the different types of beliefs systems is particularly relevant when it comes to the different types of doomsday theories that exist. Some believe in the Rapture, some believe in the Mayan calendar, some believe in global warming. And, of course, there is some overlap between the three.

I have created the following Venn Diagram to illustrate this point:



This is not to say that all Christians fell for the Rapture scare from May 21, 2011 (in fact, mainstream Christianity rejected this date). This is not to say that all scientists support the idea of global warming (many are more reasonable, and explain that human activity is just one possible factor). This is not to say that all New Agers were running around worried about December 21, 2012 (many were actually expecting the opposite, some kind of magical transformation into the next stage of human consciousness....whatever that means).

But what I stand firm on is that all such doomsday beliefs, whether they come from one the circles as illustrated above or somewhere else, are equally misguided, equally fallacious, and equally destructive.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24-Mar-17 12:04 by endofworldbook.

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