September 11 was, he says, "the great apocalyptic act of our times" and the rhetoric used by both sides in the war on terror has an "end-of-the-world
feel". Last night I watched the final in a series of docos2 on this new age of terror. The war on the west, this doco argued, began in August 1998.
I was finishing the 30th year of my career as a FT teacher/lecturer at the time. By the time I concluded my PT and casual work as a teacher in 2005
that war of terror was near the end of its first decade.
Some fear that weapons of mass destruction and global warming provide ample evidence that humankind needs little help from God to destroy the world:
"eco-warriors are now the new Jeremiahs, prophesying environmental doom and catastrophe". If Dr Strangelove of sci-fi fame doesn't finish us all off,
there's still H5N1 and supervolcanoes to worry about. From eschatological analysis of ancient scriptures to the fascinating and convoluted story of
how David Koresh became the Waco, or as the media put it, wacko Messiah, Pearson has written a succinct yet wide-ranging survey of the history and
symbolism of apocalyptic beliefs. It’s excellent preparation for the Day of Reckoning. That day may already have arrived. -Ron Price with thanks to
1Simon Pearson, The End of the World: From Revelation to Eco-Disaster, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006; and 2SBS TV, “Age of Terror: The War on the
West,” 14 July 2009, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
It was a new ball-game after
all that cold-war business &
the fall of the Berlin Wall; &
after two world-wars; it was
heading somewhere, but where
was any man’s guess as I headed
out of the world of jobs creating
my own job of writing & reading
after half a century in a new world
Faith that was slowly taking this
world by storm-but so slowly that
no one would ever have guessed
that some heterodox and seemingly
negligible offshoot of the Shaykhi school
of the Ithan-‘Ashariyyih sect of Shi’ah
Islam, transformed into a world religion
would emerge chrysalis-like for a new age.
15 July 2009
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