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January 31, 2014

Apocalypse Now

America is a nation rooted in Apocalypse.
The very foundation of the nation is tied to the End Times. Apocalypse is in America’s DNA. When the Puritans stepped out into the bitter wilds of New England they brought with them the forecast of annihilation. These exiles came to America not to delight in religious freedom but to ring in the last of days. “The Judge draws nigh, exalted high upon a lofty Throne,” wrote Puritan poet Michael Wigglesworth. -- The Smart Set

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 31, 2014 2:01 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Gee, I don't know. In many respects, American colonists in the Northern colonies spent the next century weaning themselves from doctrinaire Puritanism to evolve into liberty-loving people. This was how John Adams himself explained that the American "revolution" was not the War for Independence itself, but the century preceding it, and how Americans became of a mind to rebel against the Crown, but also to rebel against the communitarianism of the Puritans.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 31, 2014 3:04 PM

Not so fast. The Christian concept of an end times, end of days, return, or whatever you want to call it has NOTHING to do with an apocalypse.

Am I the only one who sees that when humanity moves away from God the more it fixates on an Apocalypse. Virtually EVERY movie produced these days is atheistic and apocalyptic. There must be some sort of existential spectrum programmed into our metaphysical inclinations where God stands at one end with eternal life and evil stands at the other with a violent and apocalyptic end.

Religiously vacuous progressives love to project the apocalypse onto Christendom. While their fellow progressives may think them clever, we Christians merely see them as the coastal elitist equivalent of toothless inbred Appalachians.

Posted by: edaddy at January 31, 2014 3:50 PM

edaddy: You talk like a sausage.

"... we Christians ..." speak for yourself.

I have a strong Christian faith and practice and I do not want to be associated with a condescending jerk that says things like "... the coastal elitist equivalent of toothless inbred Appalachians."

Wiki helped me with the following:

An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning 'un-covering'), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation, although this sense did not enter English until the 14th century. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden. In the Revelation of John, the last book of the New Testament, the revelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age, and that is the primary meaning of the term, one that dates to 1175. Today, it is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-called End Time scenario or to the end of the world in general. In the Revelation of John, John writes about the revelation of Jesus Christ as Messiah, and about present tribulations leading to the ending of this age and the coming of God's Kingdom. Hence the term 'apocalypse' has come to be used, very loosely, for the end of the world.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 31, 2014 8:47 PM

Wow, chasmatic, I never figured you to be one of those elite coastal progressive who looks down his nose at those of us in flyover country.

Condescending jerk? You betcha! When it comes to progressives, I fight fire with fire.

As for the true definition of apocalypse, I know what it means ... you don't need to remind me of the Christian definition. My irritation, which hopefully came through in my comment, was how Hollywood bastardized the term "apocalypse" and projected it onto Christendom.

Do you REALLY think we'll be saved by Christ's return as we battle zombie hordes? Or, maybe Christ will return The Day After Tomorrow and save us all from freezing to death? The left rather successfully bastardized Christian dialectic since the advent of mass communications. They would very much like for us to forget that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Language matters. Don't get caught in the liberal language trap.

Posted by: edaddy at February 1, 2014 5:23 AM

edaddy: OK, perhaps I am off on the wrong foot with you, wish to fix that. Naw, I live in Farm & Ranch country, the Border Zone down here in NM. Currently call myself a Baptist. I came to the Lord in a Pentacostal fellowship and once and a while I hop up during our preacher's sermon with an "amen", startles a few but, hey, the joy of the Lord, ya know?

I think the Revelation of John the Apostle will unfold as he describes. I might not make it to the Millenium but as they say, it is written.

I guess what I objected to was your pejorative description of Appalachian folks. If you meant that as sarcasm I missed it, sorry. I have friends in Appalachia and all of 'em got teeth, haw haw. They don't qualify as "flyover country" but the demographics and statistics indicate that they uphold many values and virtues compatible with fundamental citizens all over what is left of our country. If I had to bug out even further than I am right now I'd head for Appalachia.

Remus at The Woodpile Report had an interesting and informative piece on these hill folk. Gerard's anti-spam usually does not allow links, try this if you are interested:

woodpilereport dot com/html/index-347 dot htm

Meanwhile, as one a my preachers admonished me: chas, you should try and see the things in common with other folks, not the differences. So, edaddy, whatta we got in common, eh?

Posted by: chasmatic at February 1, 2014 5:56 AM

Chas, I figured you misunderstood because your comment was out of character. Yes, it was indeed sarcasm. As progressives use "Appalachian" as a pejorative, so use I "coastal elitist" and "progressive".

As for Appalachia, I am fully entitled to say whatever I want because I'm only one generation away from eastern Kentucky and not too far westward. What I like about Appalachians is that they never apologize for who or what they are ... which drives the coastal elites crazy.

Posted by: edaddy at February 2, 2014 2:12 PM

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