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Alternate End Times

Posted on: October 25, 2014

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Before the new church year starts with Advent on Sunday, Nov. 30, we struggle with the End Times in the final Sundays of Ordinary Time, i.e., the Sundays after Pentecost.

I offer a variety of resources that present a different view of the end of civilization as we know it. You may or may not find these helpful. As a devout progressive Christian, I have.

I’ve found three basic views of the End, from one extreme to the other.

  1. Extinction of humans on Earth by 2045 because of the pending release of MASSIVE amounts of methane from the sea bottom due to the warming of the oceans’ waters.
  1. The Great Implosion of the natural environment starting about 2050, resulting in enormous grief and trauma, a decrease of the human population from nine billion to one billion by 2100, and extinction of 90% of all living species.
  1. Climate Change deniers who refuse to acknowledge the vast consensus of 97% of climate scientists. These deniers, mostly fundamentalists, prefer to wait for the traditional Apocalypse.

I hold to #2. I find it realistic and oddly hopeful, especially in light of the release of another non-Biblical “Left Behind” remake. Read my blog Vision of the Future.

The resources below offer a variety of ways to deal with Creation Crisis spiritually and psychologically, since so many of our wealth-and-power-obsessed corporate and government “leaders” refuse to deal with it actually. And gullible Americans persist in electing them and buying their products.

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Recently I heard Thom Hartmann interview Guy McPherson on Conversations with Great Minds | Part 2. McPherson is professor emeritus of Univ. of Arizona. I read an excerpt from his book Going Dark, then some of the Nature Bats Last blogs at his site GuyMcPherson.com. I found them very thought-provoking without the typical drivel found in so many blog comments.

McPherson claims that we cannot stop the Great Implosion (my term) because the climate crisis of today is due to our excesses 40 years ago (called a ‘positive feedback loop’).

The best we can do, according to him, is to be with the ones we love now in the moment.

I would add that we may be able to extend the horizon of the Great Implosion, possibly even reduce its intensity so that the human population is reduced to one billion in 2100, from nine billion in 2050. And extinctions of all life may be fewer than 90% by 2100 as now expected.

Even though we cannot control the massive greed of corporations or the politicians they own, we can control our own lives. And the best way to do that is through voluntary simplicity. I know of no better explanation of faith-based voluntary simplicity than the Five Life Standards of Living More with Less.

I’ve read Derrick Jensen on the End of Civilization for quite awhile. I urge you to listen to his program, Resistance Radio on the Progressive Radio Network (internet), PRN.fm. (I don’t find a subscription in iTunes.)

Related Episodes [click link, then click play icon]

Guy McPherson – 04/13/14 – author of Going Dark
http://prn.fm/?powerpress_embed=27986-podcast&powerpress_player=default

Max Wilbert – 04/06/14 – Flaw of Green Technology
http://prn.fm/?powerpress_embed=26775-podcast&powerpress_player=default

Carolyn Baker – 02/09/14 – Spirituality
Carolyn Baker is the author of Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times, Navigating The Coming Chaos and others.
http://prn.fm/?powerpress_embed=18865-podcast&powerpress_player=default

Beware of other podcasts in iTunes bearing similar names: Resistance Radio (libertarian news and politics), The Resistance Podcast (Sermons from The Resistance Church of the Nazarene, Canton, OH), The Resistance (Christianity). I’ve listened to each and do NOT recommend any of them.

MORE RESOURCES

When Climate Change Floods Your Heart

KunstlerCast #256: James Howard Kunstler yaks with John Michael Greer, author and blogger at TheArchdruidReport.Blogspot.comEnd of the World as We Know It?

NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End and It’s Not Looking Good for Us | NASA Statement on Civilization Collapse Study

Time to leave GDP behind: eco-economists support activists’ dreams
by Jan Lundberg | Global Warming Culture versus the Natural Future for Humanity, and the Real Denialism by Jan Lundberg

Springs Eternal: Hopes against Collapse, Hopes for Consuming by Albert Bates

My blog Derrick Jensen Against Forgetting
My recent blog Murder and Resurrection

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6 Responses to "Alternate End Times"

[…] Alternate End Times Before the new church year starts with Advent on Sunday, Nov. 30, we struggle with the End Times in the final Sundays of Ordinary Time, i.e., the Sundays after Pentecost. I offer a variety of resources that present a different view of the end of civilization as we know it. You may or may not find these helpful. As a devout progressive Christian, I have. Read my blog Vision of the Future. The resources offer a variety of ways to deal with Creation Crisis spiritually and psychologically, since so many of our wealth-and-power-obsessed corporate and government “leaders” refuse to deal with it actually. And gullible Americans persist in electing them and buying their products. |My recent blog Murder and Resurrection | Carolyn Baker – 02/09/14 – Spirituality: Carolyn Baker is the author of Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times, Navigating The Coming Chaos and others. | http://prn.fm/?powerpress_embed=18865-podcast&powerpress_player=default […]

[…] Alternate End Times Before the new church year starts with Advent on Sunday, Nov. 30, we struggle with the End Times in the final Sundays of Ordinary Time, i.e., the Sundays after Pentecost. I offer a variety of resources that present a different view of the end of civilization as we know it. You may or may not find these helpful. As a devout progressive Christian, I have. Read my blog Vision of the Future. The resources offer a variety of ways to deal with Creation Crisis spiritually and psychologically, since so many of our wealth-and-power-obsessed corporate and government “leaders” refuse to deal with it actually. And gullible Americans persist in electing them and buying their products. |My recent blog Murder and Resurrection […]

[…] Alternate End Times Before the new church year starts with Advent on Sunday, Nov. 30, we struggle with the End Times in the final Sundays of Ordinary Time, i.e., the Sundays after Pentecost. I offer a variety of resources that present a different view of the end of civilization as we know it. You may or may not find these helpful. As a devout progressive Christian, I have. Read my blog Vision of the Future. The resources offer a variety of ways to deal with Creation Crisis spiritually and psychologically, since so many of our wealth-and-power-obsessed corporate and government “leaders” refuse to deal with it actually. And gullible Americans persist in electing them and buying their products. |My recent blog Murder and Resurrection […]

[…] Alternate End Times Before the new church year starts with Advent on Sunday, Nov. 30, we struggle with the End Times in the final Sundays of Ordinary Time, i.e., the Sundays after Pentecost. I offer a variety of resources that present a different view of the end of civilization as we know it. You may or may not find these helpful. I have. Read my blog Vision of the Future. The resources offer a variety of ways to deal with Creation Crisis spiritually and psychologically, since so many of our wealth-and-power-obsessed corporate and government “leaders” refuse to deal with it actually. And gullible Americans persist in electing them and buying their products. |My recent blog Murder and Resurrection […]

[…] Alternate End Times Before the new church year starts with Advent on Sunday, Nov. 30, we struggle with the End Times in the final Sundays of Ordinary Time, i.e., the Sundays after Pentecost. I offer a variety of resources that present a different view of the end of civilization as we know it. You may or may not find these helpful. I have. Read my blog Vision of the Future. The resources offer a variety of ways to deal with Creation Crisis spiritually and psychologically, since so many of our wealth-and-power-obsessed corporate and government “leaders” refuse to deal with it actually. And gullible Americans persist in electing them and buying their products. |My recent blog Murder and Resurrection […]

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