Apocalypticism

Apocalypticism is a worldview based on the idea that important matters are esoteric in nature ("hidden") and they will soon be revealed in a major confrontation of earth-shaking magnitude that will change the course of history.Apocalypticism can be tied to religious or secular views, and the expected outcome can be seen as positive, negative, or ambiguous. It can appear as a personal and group tendency, outlook, perceptual frame, or rhetorical style; and can lead people toward passivity while awaiting the inevitable end, or active preparation in anticipation of an "apocalyptic" event.

Apocalypticism is a frequent theme of literature, film and television. It also influences political policy through movements such as Christian Zionism, and in the dualism seen when politicians demonize their enemies as wholly bad, evil, or even Satanic. This process often involves conspiracism, in which the apocalyptic enemy is alleged to be engaged in a conspiracy against the good or Godly people.

The tendency was especially evident with the approach of the millennial year 2000, but it need not be tied to a particular calendar date.

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General

* Apocalypse:* Apocalyptic literature:* Risks to civilization, humans and planet Earth
* End times
* Eschatology:* Hindu eschatology::* Kali Yug:* Buddhist eschatology:* Jewish eschatology::* Bible code:::* "The Bible Code" by Michael Drosnin:* Christian eschatology::* Book of Revelation:::* Armageddon::::* 2012:::* Antichrist::::* Number of the Beast::* Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius::* Great Apostasy:::* Postmillennialism:::* Premillennialism::::* Dispensationalism::::* Tribulation::::* Rapture:::* Amillennialism:::* Preterism::* Summary of Christian eschatological differences:* Islamic eschatology::* Qiyamah::* Dajjal
* Utopianism:* Utopia:* Millenarianism::* Millennialism:::* Center for Millennial Studies:::* 3rd millennium:::* Garden of Eden:::* "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield::* Singularitarianism
* Messianism:* Messiah::* Second Coming

* Satan
* Jerusalem syndrome
* Ultimate fate of the Universe

Christian premillennial apocalyptic writers

* Tim LaHaye
* Hal Lindsey
* James Redfield

Apocalyptic fiction

* "Theologus Autodidactus" novel by Ibn al-Nafis
* "Cell" novel by Stephen King
* "Left Behind" book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
* "Survivors" by Dave McKay
* "It's Only Temporary" by Eric Shapiro
* "The Stand" by Stephen King
* "Armageddeon: The Musical", Robert Rankin
* "Thief OF Time" and "Sourcery", Terry Pratchett
* "Good Omens", Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
* "The Secret World"
* "The Road", Cormac McCarthy
* "Kingdom Come (comic book)" by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
* "Oryx and Crake"
* "After London by Richard Jefferies
* "The Last Man by Mary Shelley
* "Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
* "The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
* "On the Beach by Nevil Shute
* "The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
* "The Last American (novel)" by John Ames Mitchell

Apocalyptic films

* "28 Days Later"
* "28 Weeks Later"
* "A Boy and His Dog"
* "Armageddon"
* "Blue Gender"
* "Children of Men"
* "City of Ember"
* "Dawn of the Dead"
* "Deep Impact"
* "Dr. Strangelove"
* "End of Days"
* "I Am Legend"
* "Independence Day"
* "Koyaanisqatsi"
* "Last Night"
* "Mad Max"
* "Metropolis"
* "Night of the Comet"
* "On the Beach"
* "Omega Man"
* "Pulse"
* "Resident Evil"
* ""
* ""
* "Southland Tales"
* "Sunshine"
* "Supernova"
* "Tank Girl"
* "The Core"
* "The Day After"
* "The Day After Tomorrow"
* "The End of Evangelion"
* "The Mist"
* "The Peacemaker"
* "The Postman"
* "The Quiet Earth"
* "The Happening"
* "Threads"
* "Twelve Monkeys"
* "Six String Samurai"
* "Waking Life"
* "Dogma (film)"
* "The Matrix"
* "The Matrix Reloaded"
* "The Matrix Revolutions"
* "Dreamcatcher (film)"
* "Grindhouse (film)"
* "Waterworld"

Apocalyptic songs

* "8 1/2 Minutes by The Dismemberment Plan
* "99 Luftballons by Nena
* "Advanced Evolutionary Progression by Red Harvest
* "Aenema" by Tool
* "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan
* "Apocalypse Please" and various other songs by Muse
* "Beast and the Harlot" by Avenged Sevenfold
* "Beginning of the end" by Rage
* "Behind the Rose (Fields of Rape)" by Death in June
* "Cathedral Spires" by Judas Priest
* "Day of Reckoning" by Warrior
* "The Dead Flag Blues" and "East Hastings" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
* "Dehumanizer by Black Sabbath
* "Dies Irea" by Rage
* "Do You Believe in the West World?" by Theatre of Hate
* "Doomed Future Today" by Mouth Sewn Shut
* "The Earth Died Screaming" by Tom Waits
* "East 1999" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
* "The End of Radio" by Shellac
* "The Future" by Leonard Cohen
* "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
* "Goodbye Blue Sky" by Pink Floyd
* "Great Waves" by Dirty Three
* "In the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
* "King of the World by Steely Dan
* "Last Day on Earth" by Duran Duran
* "London Calling" by The Clash
* "My Love is Your Love" by Whitney Houston
* "The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash
* "Pink Moon by Nick Drake
* "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" by Dimmu Borgir
* "Puritania" by Dimmu Borgir
* "The Reflecting God" by Marilyn Manson
* "The Seventh Seal" by Morgana Lefay
* "Soylent Green by
* "Supper´s Ready by Genesis
* "Talking World War III Blues by Bob Dylan
* "Temples on Fire by Sacred Warrior
* "White, Discussion" by Live
* "Wooden Ships" by Crosby, Stills & Nash
* "WW4" by Leftover Crack
* "Zero-Sum" - Nine Inch Nails
* It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.
* "Nearly all songs by experimental folk group Current 93
* "Mother of Disease by Puissance
* "Starless Aeon by Dissection
* "Five Years" by David Bowie
* "Sky Chariots" by The Lord Weird Slough Feg
* "Rapture of Riddley Walker" by Clutch
* "Doomsday" by Six Feet Under (band)
* "The day the dead walked" by Six Feet Under (band)
* "Rise of the antichrist" by Bewitched
* "The Wicked End" by Avenged Sevenfold
* "Apocalypticism" by Dodheimsgard from their latest album Supervillain Outcast (2007)

Apocalyptic movements

* Essenes
* Millerites
* Seventh-day Adventist Church

Millenarian cults

* Peoples Temple Jonestown
* Heaven's Gate
* Order of the Solar Temple
* Aum Shinrikyo
* Find additional links at Millenarianism

Further reading (chronological)

* Boyer, Paul S. (1992). "When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture." Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap/Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-95128-X
* Cohn, Norman. (1993). "Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come: The Ancient Roots of Apocalyptic Faith." New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09088-9
* Aukerman, Dale. (1993). "Reckoning with Apocalypse." New York: Crossroad. ISBN 0-8245-1243-X
* O’Leary, Stephen. (1994). "Arguing the Apocalypse: A Theory of Millennial Rhetoric." New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508045-9
* Quinby, Lee. (1994). "Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism." Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-2278-7 (hard bound) ISBN 0-8166-2279-5 (paperback)
* Strozier, Charles B. (1994). Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-1226-2
* Fuller, Robert C. (1995). "Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession." New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508244-3
* Thompson, Damian. (1996). "The End of Time: Faith and Fear in the Shadow of the Millennium." London: Sinclair-Stevenson. ISBN 1-85619-795-6
* Thompson, Damian. (1997). "The End of Time: Faith and Fear in the Shadow of the Millennium." Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England. ISBN 0-87451-849-0
* Strozier, Charles B, and Michael Flynn, eds. 1997. "The Year 2000: Essays on the End." New York: New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-8030-X (hard bound) ISBN 0-8147-8031-8 (paperback)
* Robbins, Thomas, and Susan J. Palmer, eds. 1997. "Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem: Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements." New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-91648-8 (hard bound) ISBN 0-415-91649-6 (paperback)
* Stewart, Kathleen and Susan Harding. 1999. "Bad Endings: American Apocalypsis." "Annual Review of Anthropology", 28, pp. 285-310.
* Allison, Dale C. (1999) "Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet" (Augsburg Fortress) ISBN 0-8006-3144-7
* Wessinger, Catherine, ed.. 2000. "Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases." Religion and Politics Series, Michael Barkun, (ed.). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 0-8156-2809-9 (hard bound) ISBN 0-8156-0599-4 (paperback)
* Stone, Jon R., ed. 2000. "Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy." New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-92331-X (paperback)
* Brasher, Brenda E. 2000. "From Revelation to The X-Files: An Autopsy of Millennialism in American Popular Culture", "Semeia" 82:281-295.
* Mason, Carol. 2002. "Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics." Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-3920-5 (hard cover) ISBN 0-8014-8819-2 (paperback)
* Urstadt, Bryant. 2006. "Imagine there's no oil: scenes from a liberal apocalypse. (Viewpoint essay)." "Harper's Magazine" 313.1875 (August 2006): 31(9) [http://find.galegroup.com/itx/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC-Documents&type=retrieve&tabID=T003&prodId=GRGM&docId=A150367142&source=gale&srcprod=GRGM&version=1.0]
* Kobb, Kurt. 2006. "Apocalypse always: Is the peak oil movement really just another apocalyptic cult?" (August 5, 2006). [http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2006/08/apocalypse-always-is-peak-oil-movement.html http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2006/08/apocalypse-always-is-peak-oil-movement.html] Accessed on October 14, 2006.

External links

* [http://www.publiceye.org/apocalyptic/Dances_with_Devils_1.html "Dances with Devils" study on apocalyptic scapegoating]


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