Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong Paperback – Sep 6 2011
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"With a great deal of humor and a polished writing style, Greer recounts end-time prophecies from our past, many familiar, most obscure."--"The Rationalist" "John Michael Greer bookends "Apocalypse Not" with the supposed Mayan prophecy, how the date was calculated and what, according to an assortment of New Age prophets, it is supposed to mean. He is able to debunk it very easily and very thoroughly. In the complex Mayan calendar there is one reference to the date equivalent to December 21, 2012 and no clear prophecy on what's supposed to happen on that day. But the clincher is that there are many hundreds of Mayan inscriptions referring to other dates--and "a fair number of them...look forward to dates well after 2012.""--Catholic Herald "Greer has a gift for taking complex concepts and making them accessible, clearly explaining ten centuries of apocalyptic thinking in 178 pages that despite the serious subject matter are laugh-out-loud funny in spots."--Third Floor with Water View ""Apocalypse Not" is a rich history of the "apocalypse meme," the idea that some great world-ending event is going to occur, destroying the wicked and saving the elect and the worthy. I've written extensively on this myself in various essays and books. It's an idea that goes back nearly 4000 years and has embedded itself deeply in Western civilization, showing up yet again most recently in the predictions surrounding December 21, 2012. To my mind it's a pernicious idea, doing more harm than good, but it's also a seductive notion. In this very readable but extensively researched book, John Michael traces the whole history of this meme and its effect upon the Western mind. As we move through this "apocalyptic" year, I wish this book could be read by everyone and anyone who believes doom will soon be upon us or has to deal with those who feel that way--or who would just like to understand some of the history of ideas that have shaped our culture."--David
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Bibliography and index, as well as clear and concise writing make this valuable for students of ideas.
In this book, John Michael Greer provides some solid scholarship detailing the prominent apocalyptic predictions of many religions and some secular movements. The book's not exhaustive -- it's too slender a volume for that -- but it does hit all of the major apocalyptic traditions and it's written with Greer's characteristic conversational style and dry wit. It's a fast read, but not a superficial one.
This book is an informative, well-written and entertaining read. I read "Apocalypse Not" in two days and enjoyed it immensely. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you have friends and/or family hung up on the latest apocalyptic meme that has many wringing their hands in sweet anticipation -- the 2012 doomsday scenario.
I consider "Apocalypse Not" an excellent addition to other works that I have dealing with humans' love for the apocalyptic meme.
You'll notice I used the past tense when I said 'enjoyed' directly above. Yeah... so much for my research.
This book will make you re-think every notion you have learned about a 'coming' apocalypse. It may not dampen all your ideas, but if you are an active-minded person it will certainly cause you to at least step back for a moment, to pause and reflect. Well written, well researched, and full of timely examples, this book should be required reading before watching any of the innumerable History Channel shows about doomsday. It firmly places the idea of 'end-times' into its proper place - fun for fiction, not for reality.
Even if apocalypse is not your cup of tea you can still find much value here. As a last resort you'll have the facts you need to reassure your more paranoid relatives that all is good - for 2012 and beyond.
Unless the Zombies arise, of course... but that's another story.
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