Brian Spears

Poet, Editor, Teacher, Blogger.

What Happens Post-Rapture?

Vaughan Bell at Slate runs down some history on what happens to doomsday cults and the like when their prophecies about the end of the world don’t come true. It’s an interesting piece because Bell does a good job of explaining why it is that failed prophecies don’t generally result in a loss of faith for most believers. What really happens is that the believers readjust their models to incorporate the new data.

I have a little experience with this myself. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, and was a member until I was 26, which I’ve written about some in in my first book of poems, A Witness in Exile. The Witnesses have gone through a few crises of this kind, one of which while I was a member. And strangely enough, that wasn’t the reason I left the church. Continue reading

May 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment