In the spirit of the book, "How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World", let’s unpack the importance of what Charles Taylor calls the “social imaginary” and how our perception of desperate times might validate increasingly desperate measures.
Eschatological fascination is not limited to believers wrestling with biblical texts. This, at least, is the argument made by Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson in their remarkable book How to Survive the Apocalypse.
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We read literature to engage with story to better understand ourselves and the people around us.
Star Wars’ popularity means—for better or for worse—that it’s one of the most well-known stories in human history. I’m only talking numbers: 7.5 billion people on Earth today, far more than any previous era. A fifth of them, which I think is a conservative estimate, are probably aware of Star Wars, a good portion of them having seen the movies and experienced the decades-long marketing hype.
We think we are ready for the makeup of our churches to appear more reflective of the image given in Revelation 7:9-10, but are our churches ready to sacrifice “the way things are around here” to invite that diversity?