Friday, 4 April 2014
Post-Apocalyptic A to Z: Doomsday
Despite the rather grisly depictions of what Doomsday will be like, the faithful don't seem to worry about it overmuch. One of the points of millennial religions, of course, is to prepare oneself for the End Times. Some less mainstream religious factions predict the end coming very soon, or even try to bring it about.
Personally, I think we should just assume that the world isn't going to end anytime soon and that we should take better care of it. "God helps those who help themselves," as they say. (Actually that line isn't in the Bible or Koran, it originated in ancient Greece).
End Times literature has always been popular, and perhaps the most famous series of Doomsday books is the Left Behind series, which covers the adventures of people who didn't get taken up in the Rapture. I've never read these myself and was wondering if any readers out there could share their impression of these books?
Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov. Painted in 1887. Click here to see a full size as this format really doesn't do it justice.