Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's the End of the World as We Know It . . .

. . . and I feel fine.

Humans have always been fascinated with the "end times." So it's no surprise that literalist Christians are seeing the new war in the Middle East as the sign they have been waiting for. These people interpret the rather surreal and allegorical images of the book of Revelation through their worldview, looking for events in the world today that can be made to fit into their understanding of Revelations.

Two looks at this phenomena: First, a serious report by CNN, then a fun segment from Stephen Colbert.

And please don't bother to accuse me of making fun of Christians. That isn't my point. I'm interested in how a worldview shapes the way people read current events.

To further illustrate my point (in the integral blogosphere), take a look at how conservatives are reading these events by stopping by Colmar's blog. Or perhaps you want to see how the left is looking at the Israeli-Arab conflict, so you might stop by Thoughts Chase Thoughts (especially Nagarjuna's contributions).

What kind of goggles are you wearing?

And now, a lighter look at the end of the world.

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