Evangelical Christians Wait for Armageddon

| 7/19/2010 12:39:43 PM

Tags: Spirituality, Evangelicals, Fundamentalism, Israel, Apocalypse, Waiting For Armageddon, Documentary,


What will the end of the world be like? The question has intrigued humankind since, well, the beginning of the world. Evangelical Christians offer a unique and problematic interpretation of the apocalyptic scenario. And that’s exactly what the people behind the documentary Waiting for Armageddon set out to understand. Directors Franco Sacchi, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner capture the apocalypse-obsessed wing of the evangelical Christian community in scenes of plainspoken faith, theological collision, and hubristic tourism.

The film opens with a statistic set to ominous music: Roughly one-sixth of Americans are evangelical Christians. It is less specific about just how many of those evangelicals are anticipating Armageddon. It would be absurd to assume that every sixth person you run into in the grocery store has Rapture on the brain. The filmmakers only say that “many” evangelicals are end-timers. But it’s a financially and politically powerful group, which makes scrutiny of their beliefs a worthwhile exercise.

American evangelical Dr. H. Wayne House performs a baptism in the River Jordan.

9/3/2011 10:11:29 PM

Just watched this documentary. It is very inaccurate. The people who made this documentary do not know that the dome of the rock is NOT al-aqsa mosque. At least they did not make the distinction. Otherwise it was a good documentary.

doug lass_4
8/6/2010 9:49:43 AM

I agree that the rapture will occur at some time, but I don't know if it will happen in my lifetime or no, and I think anybody that says that it will on one particular day or one single year might be a little crazy. Now if there is some other subject that they would like to talk about with me, such as baseball or football, I think we could have a good relationship.

7/26/2010 11:53:42 AM

Thanks Tim you nailed it. "rational from our point of view". I agree 100% if you dont believe this stuff is absolutely unbelievable lunacy. Even for the beleiver a lot of this stuff seems far fetched but the believer also believe the bible is the truth and if that is the case we are in for some serious fireworks rather if it is tomorrow or 10,000 years from now. The one thing I would argue is you seem to disagree that this existence on earth is coming to an end. Even Hitchens acknowledges this is happening at a rapid pace.

tim gieseke
7/26/2010 10:38:28 AM

My curiousity turns to why so many people are comfortable with believing in this scenario. We are all 'brainwashed' to some degree by those that we surround ourselves with, but there must be more to the root of this vision than just evangelistic rhetoric. Most of us naturally seek a level of security at a very fundamental level. While I assume no one aspect will suffice for an explanation, self-loathing (ie: I, a poor miserable sinner) may play a role. Perhaps a disconnect from how we fit within the earth dynamics, its life forms and its limitations that we are starting to experience at the global level. Its like they are hoping the earth will commit suicide all together, together. Misery does love company and it is then very comforting if everyone is miserable together to the very end. All in all, very odd, but I assume rational from their viewpoint.

7/26/2010 9:03:01 AM

I guess I will start. I opened this link expecting another Christian bashing story, but it really was not all that bad. It alluded to evangelicals being nuts (I liked the Clark Griswald comparison it is true) and questionable theology, well that is expected. The one problem I have with the story is that it implies all evangelicals have the same end of time theology. Not true. There are vastly different views on this. Dont get me wrong we are all still nuts but we believe in different nutty things. It is a disputable issue for evangelicals and not one that generally divides the Church. Take for example Tim Lahaye and Hank Hanegraaff both are wildly popular evangelicals but have dramatically different views on this.