HDS 3165

Apocalypse Now/2012: How the World Ends (or Doesn't) in Human Societies

DavĂ­d Carrasco


This course speaks to the rumors, fears, symbols, theologies and rituals of preparation for the end of the world in 2012 through a comparative study of millennial dreams, apocalyptic prophecies, alternative communities and social catastrophes found in various religious and cultural expressions and events. We examine apocalyptic and millennial themes found in Maya, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, atomic bombing, Holocaust literature and revolutionary, and cargo cult traditions. We will 'read' a range of cultural expressions including books, films, paintings, novels and television shows portraying the contemporary fascination with end of the world scenarios.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1055


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Wed 2pm-4pm
FAS William James Hall William James Hall

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Comparative
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None