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Hurtling Toward Oblivion: A Logical Argument for the End of the Age Paperback – April 1, 1999
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Swenson veers away from emotional appeals by analytically showing how the economy, man's bent toward evil, and destructive resources including biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons fit into the overall scheme of possible impending calamity. However, Swenson doesn't leave readers without hope. He addresses man's fallen state but discusses in depth God's provision for escape. Instead of a shouting doomsday, this book is a call to live in a state of readiness-a suggestion even the most optimistic Christians should heed. -- CBA Marketplace, May 1999
About the Author
RICHARD A. SWENSON, M.D. is a physician and a futurist, with a B.S. in physics Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University. Following fifteen years with the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Dr. Swenson currently researches and writes full-time about the intersection of culture, health, faith, and the future. As author of the best-selling book Margin, he is a highly requested speaker on the implications of social change to a wide variety of audiences including career, professional, and management groups; most major church denominations; members of Congress, and the Pentagon. He recently released a related book entitled The Overload Syndrome.
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drops of water and grains of sand there are in the world. I didn't know which of his books those numbers might be in so I picked this one.
The numbers weren't there, but there were other interesting numbers, such as the number of atoms in our bodies, how long our blood
vessels would reach if they were lined up in a line, and how many times you would have to fold a piece of paper for it's thickness to reach
the moon (it was only 40!). Those weren't the point of his book, but the point was boring (the end is near!) Yes, everybody knows the
end is near, even the apostles knew that! Personally, if today was my last day, I would wish I hadn't spent it reading this book, but in
writing letters to people I left behind, so they could keep them when I'm gone.
This is not a book that will receive wide acceptance by those who believe that empirical formulas, calculations and detailed, multi-regression mathematical projections are required to "prove" every conclusion drawn. Swenson provides insight into the structures/dynamics that drive our way of life, not forecasts of how each structure will specifically behave and interact, or when. No foolish "end of time" prognostications. Very helpful is Swenson's description of the fallen nature of humankind and the distinctions between pessimism and fallenness/realism.
In the end, Hurtling Toward Oblivion provides an invitation to: (1) live lives of non-fatalistic, spiritually mature acceptance of the human ills we cannot control; and (2) live in the light of who we are in joyful expression of the gifts and limits we are granted individually, and communally as humankind.
Thankfully those, like Swenson, who put their faith and trust in the God of creation and His Son who paid the price for our salvation need not worry or fret. God is preparing for those who believe a place in His new heaven and new earth. The end may be near, but there is new beginning beyond this present life.
It's an update on an old story: "The way things are now, they can't go much longer." Being afraid of the future is human nature, but we've heard it all before.
It was entertaining, but I'm glad it didn't cost any more.