• Delves into contemporary popular culture from the perspective of one idea and reveals it to be widespread
• Explores historical schools of thought that led to the Western apocalyptic concept, showing the theology to be ancient and the culture from the Middle Ages
• Offers abundant modern-day examples of various interpretations and manifestations, from literal expectations of the biblical Apocalypse—such as in the Left Behind series—to artful or playful twists on the idea such as those expressed in Waiting for Godot, The Lord of the Rings, and numerous other works
• Serves as a guide in which readers can discover many basic facts, consider the examples, and see aspects of the contemporary world in a new light
• Illustrations showcase the widespread belief in apocalypse, including medieval drawings as well as contemporary photographs and movie stills
• A wide-ranging bibliography points the way to significant materials from the fields of history, literature, popular culture, theology, and more
"This book traces manifestations of the apocalypse of the biblical Book of Revelations in American popular culture. The author first seeks to demonstrate how widespread apocalyptic visions are before turning to an exploration of their roots in the Bible and in other religious traditions and surveying their historical development to the present day. She then turns back to the present, examining occurrences of apocalyptic ideas in movies, books, comics, games, music, art, televangelism, presidential speeches, and elsewhere."
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In the Battle of the Somme, almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed on the first day, July 1, 1916. Is it coincidence, given his later writings, that The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien fought in this devastating action? Are such experiences one of the reasons why Western culture so often expresses apocalyptic predispositions and expectations?