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Mon, Oct. 17th, 2005, 09:04 pm
Why I am fascinated by the apocalypse, part 1

The other day I saw an advertisement for an evangelical church here in Brooklyn with the memorable phrase "What's Coming is Better Than What's Been!" on a little scroll across the top. Which is basically a belief in the progression of history, the notion that things are improving, and will continue to do so. Which amounts to a promise of later rewards in exchange for enduring suffering. Which fits right in with the notion of the rapture, that magical day when the righteous will be taken up, and the unsaved (e.g., you and I) will finally be able to ring in the age of secular liberal humanism (at least until we're consumed in a lake of fire).