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Thursday
May222008

Apocalypse Soon (1980)


The March 5, 1980 Daily Press (Escanaba, MI) ran a piece about prophecies of the apocalypse. An excerpt appears below.

Billy Graham, since the beginning of his evangelistic ministry, has been telling his followers that the Second Coming is near, although he no longer pinpoints the date as he did in 1950.

 

"We may have another year, maybe two years, to work for Jesus Christ," he said that year. "And then, ladies and gentlemen, I believe it's going to be all over."

That was 30 years ago.

Today Graham will only say that "Our Lord gave a summary of events that signal his return and the end of the world as we know it. He named conditions that would prevail. Reading them one must be struck by their resemblance to what we see daily on our TV screens and in our newspapers."

Some of the Bible "signs" Graham sees taking place are "wars and rumors of wars, famine, earthquakes, multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, and the return of the Jews to their homeland."


The photograph of Billy Graham was taken April 11, 1966 by Warren K. Leffler and can be found at the Library of Congress website.

 

See also:
The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon
Nucelar War to Start September 12, 2006
Nuclear War Revisited (2006)
Headlines of the Near Future (1972)
The Future of Religion (1980)

Tuesday
Dec252007

The Future of Religion (1980)


For the October, 1980 issue of The Futurist Ted Peters, associate professor of systematic theology at the Pacific Lutheran Seminary (Berkeley, CA), wrote a piece titled, "The Future of Religion in a Post-Industrial Society." An excerpt appears below.

Western society is so pre-occupied with the consumption of goods and services that even religion may become just another commodity, like the packaged tour to an exotic island. If so, the world may lose a possible solution to its great crises.

 

What is to become of religion as our society moves further and further into the post-industrial period? Certain trends are fairly easy to identify. For example, an extension of Islamic influence due primarily to the sudden expansion of wealth in Muslim hands. But I would like to bypass trends of this type and focus on something else, namely, the potential interaction between religion and the current understanding of the human self which has developed during the now passing industrial period.

My thesis is that as our civilization becomes increasingly post-industrial, our preoccupation with consuming goods and services will most likely commoditize religion. There is now a strong trend - which I believe will continue - toward treating the moral and spiritual dimensions of life as commodities to be acquired and disposed of according to tastes and whims of shoppers in the religious marketplace.

Excessive consumption, however, whether it be consumption of material goods or spiritual values, is the root of the crisis we call the "world problematique." In addition, as long as the consumer mentality prevails, we will be condemned to a prostitution of the essential religious vision, a vision of the transcendent unity of all things which requires a sacrifice of the human ego. It is just such a vision, however, that holds the greatest promise for resolving the world problematique.


See also:
Headlines of the Near Future (1972)
Future Shock (1972)

 

Thursday
Aug092007

Headlines of the Near Future (1972)

The 1972 book Futures Conditional contains essays and lists from many different futurists of the era. This list of headlines of the near future, by Billy Rojas, presents readers with events that will "probably happen - in some cases undoubtedly happen - although not necessarily in the order presented."

1972

February

Chiang Kai-shek dead in Taiwan; new regime is created that seeks to "modernize" Formosa. Ten year plan to replace most ideographs with Roman letters is announced. Major effort is made to organize "overseas" Chinese - the millions is southeast Asia, the tens of thousands in America - into a series of formalized trade associations.


March

Safe cigarettes invented: Lorillard stock advances 20 points in one day.

 

July

Chicago firm begins marketing robot "housekeepers": mechanical mice to vacuum rugs and clean floors, automated kitchens that prepare hot meals according to consumer specifications, etc.

 

November

Team of Muskie and Adlai Stevenson III defeats Republicans for Presidency.

 

1973

January

J.Edgar Hoover resigns post as head of FBI.

 

June

Astronauts find evidence of sub-cellular life on the moon - two billion years ago.

 

July

Jackie divorces Ari; she plans to marry David Brinkley.

 

September

New Jersey becomes first state to legalize marijuana.

 

November

Stones break up. New music stirs U.S.; Cheyenne native rock-and-tom-tom group tops charts.

 

December

Peace settlement reached in Middle East; version of Allon plan adopted on a "phase-out" basis; Israel-Jordan to become joint secular state.

 

1974

March

Mao-Tse-tung suffers heart attack in China. Succeeded by Chou En-Lai. Red Guard "party" forms to challenge authority of the government, cultural revolution becomes an underground movement.

 

April

Hovercraft "grass highway" bonds approved by Congress: Boston-Richmond route.

 

May

Haile Selassie dies in Washington hospital. His death removes last obstacle to United States in East Africa, a new nation made up of the former states of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda.

 

July

South Sudan secedes from Arab Federation; civil war erupts as rebels receive encouragement and aid from Addis Ababa.

 

October

Houston doctor discloses discovery of selective memory-erasing drug.

 

November

Reagan defeated by 350,000 votes.

 

1975

February

Rescue in space; Russians save Americans endangered on orbiting space platform.

 

April

U. of Oklahoma student disorders reach insurrection proportions; social science building destroyed, 4 police, 18 students killed.

 

June

"Electro-pop," completely synthetic beverage starts a new food craze: Electro-snax, Electro-suppers are marketed.

 

August

First space hospital (4 "beds") established by U.S.S.R.

 

September

Socialists return to power in Britain.

 

1976

May

Cabinet restructure in U.S., new secretaries of Education, Environment.

 

October

Sex-selection industry booms. Chemical treatments enable prospective parents to predetermine sex of offspring.

 

November

Allard Lowenstein defeats Buckley in N.Y. Senate contest.

 

1977

January

Temporary lunar base set up by U.S. - 6 men, 2 months.

 

June

Famine conditions worsen in India, Java. Communist revolution develops.

 

October

Sexual intercourse allowed in Yale sex ed. classes. Harvard follows suit.

 

November

Brazilian church secedes from Rome; "second reformation" as Dutch, some Americans, also walk out.

 

December

Tito dies in Yugoslavia, unsuccessful leftist coup to oust hand-picked successor.

 

1978

March

Religious revival reported in Africa: Nigeria, Dahomey, Ivory Coast, Guinea become Baha'i countries.

 

July

Japanese firm announces opening of sea-chains, series of floating cities to accommodate 10,000 people each; located in Polynesia.

 

August

Police force retired in Seattle; replaced by paid, plain clothes community people.

 

1979

February

First "time traveler." Star of ten-year hibernation for Minneapolis man.

 

September

Radio signals from vicinity of 41 Y Cygni indicate intelligent life in the universe.

 

October

Laser "arrays" used by commercial ships to navigate Antarctic waters; business firms start pilot plants on southernmost continent.

 

December

U.S. court system reformed. New features include "maximum wait law" - no more than 30 days between arrest and trial - and "obsolete statute law" - any law on the books is retired after 20 years unless specifically renewed by legislative act.

 

See also:
Sea City 2000 (1979)
The Future of Leisure That Never Arrived (New York Times, 2007)
Space Colony Possible (The News, 1975)
Civilized Adultery (1970)
Space Colony Pirates (1981)
The Population Bomb: Scenario 1 (1970)
The Population Bomb: Scenario 2 (1970)
The Population Bomb: Scenario 3 (1970)
Closer Than We Think! Robot Housemaid (1959)