The threat of apocalypse has long incited humanity’s “primal fear”- the fear of angry gods punishing bad people. Frightened people then embrace harmful salvation schemes to appease the angered gods (in more recent versions- to placate the “revenge of Gaia”, angry planet, or karma). Salvation schemes often involve “coercive purification” (i.e. aggressive defense) in order to eliminate threats/enemies. The mass-death outcomes from apocalyptic fear-mongering are stunning. Whether Hitler acting to “save” Germany from the Jewish threat, or environmental alarmists acting to “save the world” from the threat of industrial society, or ISIS acting to save Islam from the threat of the corrupting infidel. See research of Landes, Herman, Foss, Cook, and others below.
The same set of apocalyptic millennial ideas have been located behind Marxism, Nazism, environmental alarmism, and ISIS.
It is not enough to identify these bad religious ideas that have long incited fear and responses such as religious violence. We have to provide a robust alternative to replace the apocalyptic template with its core threat of divine punishment. This site argues for a “spiritual” response to the original religious error.
Our potent alternative is the spiritual insight that there is a “no conditions love” behind reality and life. That was the central theme of the Historical Jesus, someone entirely opposite to Christian Jesus. He offered an alternative theology that effectively countered the primal human fear of divine threat. He taught that there was no punitive God threatening to destroy humanity. There never had been any such reality. There was only Love at the core of life. And that inexpressible unconditional completely overturns the fallacy of divine threat that has long driven bad behavior. Love affirms hope and liberates the human spirit from fear with its instinctive response of aggressive defense.
Section topics below: Fight and win the real battle in life- with bad ideas, notably the apocalyptic template of ideas (see further summaries below); How bad ideas incite bad behavior; Destructive Salvationist responses (“coercive purification”); Don’t touch the Christ (Paul embodied supreme retaliation in his Christ myth, in direct contradiction to the non-retaliation message of Historical Jesus); Apocalyptic outcomes (mass-death totals from apocalyptic); Bob Brinsmead on the real enemy- bad ideas; Stirring the pot (Facebook posts); Justice opposed to love? (and culpability in offenders); Keep hope alive (Decline or rise? The actual trajectory of life); Climate update- end the hysteria, the natural causes of climate change; British Liberalism; Trump Terror (hysteria gone apoplectic).
Note: The Top Ten Bad Religious Ideas, just below, express essentially the apocalyptic template of ideas, the most prominent and most damaging set of ideas in history. At the core of the apocalyptic template is the worst of all bad ideas- i.e. deity threatening to punish human imperfection. The central themes of apocalyptic are now shaping “secular” ideologies like environmentalism. Read the rest of the opening comment here