When Prophecies Fail

June 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Next to Civic Theatre, 717 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC V1L 5X4, Canada

It’s the end of the world! Again. And again. The prophecy has been made thousands of times in recorded history, and somehow the world is still here. But what happens to the failed prophets, and the people who followed them, sometimes at great personal cost?

From the 19th-century Millerites, who waited on hilltops for a Second Coming that never came, to the Seekers in 1950s Chicago, who vainly scanned the skies for elusive flying saucers, to the “Big Five” death cults who ended in fire and blood, the answer seems to be: almost anything can happen.
In fact, however, there are some powerful and surprising patterns that emerge from failed apocalyptic narratives, patterns that may shed a disturbing light on modern mainstream religious organizations as well as on cults and some New Age movements.
Dr. Rebecca Bradley—novelist, retired archaeologist, and writer for the Skeptic Ink Network—ties some of these threads together in a lecture sponsored by the West Kootenay Centre for Inquiry.

Want to read some of Rebecca’s previous analyses? Read her Monday Messiah series on her blog the Lateral Truth, always an enlightening read. http://www.skepticink.com/lateraltruth/

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