September 15, 2015
The Apocalypse That Wasn't
As a child, I was indoctrinated into two completely different ideologies of impending doom. One was taught in public school. The other in Sunday school.
The first apocalyptic scenario was that of catastrophic, man-made global warming. It was taught in the classroom and reinforced by cartoons like FernGully and Captain Planet.
The second doomsday scenario was the Left Behind brand of pop-Dispensationalism. I learned it in youth group and VBS. It was reinforced by movies like The Omega Code and, of course, Left Behind.
Since California is still above water and Christ hasn't yet raptured his church, it seems both of these doomsday scenarios have been dis-proven (at least in the popular form in which I learned them).