ERIC Number: EJ963750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Apocalypse Now? The Relevance of Religion for Beliefs about the End of the World
Miller, Eric D.
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v33 n1 p111-115 2012
This study considers how religious individuals may be more likely to entertain doomsday scenarios, such as the December 21, 2012 Mayan prophecy, particularly when juxtaposed with the occurrence of several recent adverse and cataclysmic events. One hundred forty two undergraduates were asked to assess their belief as to whether they believed that December 21, 2012 represents an Apocalypse or the "End of the World" before and after writing and thinking about four troubling seminal events from the past several years (9/11, the economic crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and Middle East tensions). Self-identified religious subjects were significantly more likely than non-religious subjects to believe that they would personally witness the end of the world. Moreover, of the four events described above, Middle East tensions were deemed to be the event that could potentially signify or bring about the "end of the world". The larger implications of this study are further addressed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religion, Beliefs, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Natural Disasters, Terrorism, Economic Factors, American Indian Culture, Religious Factors, Writing (Composition), War, Social Cognition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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