Apocalypticism is a
worldviewbased on the idea that important matters are esotericin 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, filmand television. It also influences political policy through movements such as Christian Zionism, and in the dualismseen 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.
Apocalypse:* Apocalyptic literature:* Risks to civilization, humans and planet Earth
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
Ultimate fate of the Universe
Christian premillennial apocalyptic writers
* "Theologus Autodidactus" novel by
* "Cell" novel by
* "Left Behind" book series by
Tim LaHayeand Jerry B. Jenkins
* "Survivors" by Dave McKay
* "It's Only Temporary" by
The Stand" by Stephen King
* "Armageddeon: The Musical",
* "Thief OF Time" and "Sourcery",
* "Good Omens", Terry Pratchett and
The Secret World"
The Road", Cormac McCarthy
Kingdom Come (comic book)" by Mark Waidand Alex Ross
Oryx and Crake"
* "After London by Richard Jefferies
The Last Manby Mary Shelley
Earth Abidesby George R. Stewart
The Day of the Triffidsby John Wyndham
* "On the Beach by
The Chrysalidsby John Wyndham
The Last American (novel)" by John Ames Mitchell
28 Days Later"
28 Weeks Later"
A Boy and His Dog"
Children of Men"
City of Ember"
Dawn of the Dead"
* "Deep Impact"
* "End of Days"
I Am Legend"
* "Independence Day"
* "Last Night"
Night of the Comet"
* "On the Beach"
* "Resident Evil"
The Day After"
The Day After Tomorrow"
The End of Evangelion"
* "The Postman"
The Quiet Earth"
Six String Samurai"
The Matrix Reloaded"
The Matrix Revolutions"
8 1/2 Minutesby The Dismemberment Plan
99 Luftballonsby Nena
Advanced Evolutionary Progressionby 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
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
East 1999" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
* "The End of Radio" by Shellac
* "The Future" by
* "Gimme Shelter" by
The Rolling Stones
* "Goodbye Blue Sky" by
* "Great Waves" by
In the Year 2525by Zager & Evans
* "King of the World by
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 Moonby Nick Drake
Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" by Dimmu Borgir
Puritania" by Dimmu Borgir
* "The Reflecting God" by
The Seventh Seal" by Morgana Lefay
Supper´s Readyby Genesis
Talking World War III Bluesby Bob Dylan
Temples on Fireby Sacred Warrior
White, Discussion" by Live
Wooden Ships" by Crosby, Stills & Nash
* "WW4" by
* "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
* "Mother of Disease by Puissance
* "Starless Aeon by Dissection
* "Five Years" by
* "Sky Chariots" by
The Lord Weird Slough Feg
* "Rapture of Riddley Walker" by
* "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
Dodheimsgardfrom their latest album Supervillain Outcast (2007)
Seventh-day Adventist Church
* Heaven's Gate
Order of the Solar Temple
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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 oilmovement 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.
* [http://www.publiceye.org/apocalyptic/Dances_with_Devils_1.html "Dances with Devils" study on apocalyptic scapegoating]
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