How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World

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CHAPTER 1
The World Is Going to Hell

Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting the Bhagavad Gita

In order to engage effectively in this many-faceted debate,
one has to see what is great in the culture of modernity, as
well as what is shallow and dangerous
.

Charles Taylor, The Malaise of Modernity

The world is going to hell.

Just turn on the television — no, not the news. Flip over to the prestige dramas and sci-fi epics and political dramas. Look at how we entertain ourselves. Undead hordes are stalking and devouring, alien invasions are crippling and enslaving, politicians ignore governance in favor of sex and power, and sentient robots wreak terrible revenge upon us.

Today, apocalypse sells like mad. Not just the threat of it, but its reality. And especially its aftermath.

This is objectively weird when you think about it. So we go to work all day and then come home, reheat some pizza, flop down on the couch … and watch our own destruction for fun? What’s going on here? Why would we do such a thing?

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