Book Reviews, Theology

Book Review – Will the World End in 2012?

The end is coming!!!!!

(Perhaps the end of the world, but certainly not the end of books about the end of the world. Those are infinite.)

The newest craze in apocalyptic predictions is December 21, 2012. Supposedly, there are multiple witnesses that the end is coming on that date so bend over and kiss your rear-end goodbye.

Thankfully, there are some Christian writers who are addressing the subject with reasonable common sense. Raymond C. Hundley does so in his book Will the World End in 2012?

Without descending into too much detail Dr. Hundley does a good job of summarizing the multiple reasons these apocalyptic naysayers use to support their end of the world scenario and then asks the simple questions about their validity.

After going through the arguments, Dr. Hundley then presents us with something akin to a “go/no go” argument for each point. He does a good job of sorting kookiness and hallucinogen-induced visions from good science, and in the end makes a good argument that there are certainly destructive forces we need to be on the look out for (super volcanoes, solar flares, scientists playing around with nuclear experiments they don’t fully understand) and then there are nuts who believe they were given communication devices by aliens.

Overall, a good summary of these apocalyptic arguments – until the end. Perhaps he was required to do it, but Dr. Hundley ends his book with an evangelistic appeal. While this is not wrong, it felt to me as if he had turned the whole book into a giant religious tract. It spoiled it for me, but only at the end. Overall, a decent book and an easy read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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