End time bollocks

Here’s another amplification. As I understand it, one of the differences between Al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIL is that both have an end time theology but that Al Baghdadi believes himself entitled to declare himself caliph with minimal authority from theologians and start the clock ticking whereas Al Qaeda defer to the major universities to let them know when the end times start.

This is private Islamic business – which I may have hopelessly mis-stated – and for Muslims to sort out among themselves.

However, one thing that the Christian world could do is de-escalate Christian theology about the End Time. The Christian Right in the US and elsewhere started the clock ticking long ago, and this has particular ramifications for politics. Part of this is the assumption that eg equal marriage is a provocation to god and evidence for climate change is a sign of his wrath.. There is also the stuff about Obama or Putin being the Antichrist. More importantly, in relation to Middle Eastern affairs, there is the backing of Israel beyond all reason on the assumption that the Apocalypse kicks off with a lot of Israelis suddenly converting to Christianity and the rest all dying horribly. The Israelis find this belief on the part of most Republicans and many others convenient – bar the conversion/horrible death stuff.

I am suggesting a convention of those major branches of Christianity who think this is all impious bollocks to say so, loudly. I don’t normally think the Pope should tell other Christians that something is heretical nonsense, but in this instance…

If you want to put out a signal, that might be one of the ones to put out

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7 Responses to End time bollocks

  1. cmcmck says:

    What puzzles me is that ISIL’s end times ‘theology’ feels way more Shi’ah than Sunni.

    End times/conversion of the Jews goes back to at least my own specialist period in the 17th century- Cromwell was a great believer which is why he invited the Jewish community back through Mannaseh ben Israel.

  2. kalimac says:

    If evidence of climate change is a sign of God’s wrath, but climate change is not real – which the same people also believe – then what does that say about God’s wrath?

    Usually they depict God’s wrath in comically specific terms: this hurricane or that snowstorm. Since it’s usually alleged to be a punishment of gays, I’m forced to the conclusion that their God has extremely bad aim.

    • hairyears says:

      Let me give you a hint.

      There is only one issue that unites all publicly self-identifying Christians on the political Right; you can get them to prevaricate on evolution vs creationism , they’ll do deals on pairing votes for abortion, they’ll weigh up the numbers on whether it’s impolitic to do the usual gay-bashing: but there’s one ummutable red line.

      They always vote against environmental legislation.

  3. nancylebov says:

    C. S. Lewis on why Christians shouldn’t try to predict when the end of the world will happen. (Skip to “SEVEN – THE WORLD’S LAST NIGHT “.)

    Do you know whether the Koran includes a similar statement that it isn’t possible to know when the world will end?

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