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Responses to Apocalypse: Early Christianity and Extinction Rebellion

Department of Philosophy, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, East Melbourne, VIC 3002, Australia
Religions 2020, 11(8), 384; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080384
Received: 19 June 2020 / Revised: 15 July 2020 / Accepted: 17 July 2020 / Published: 24 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hope in Dark Times)
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement has grown rapidly in the past two years. In popular media, XR has sometimes been described using religious terminology. XR has been compared to an eco-cult, a spiritual and cultural movement, and described as holding apocalyptic views. Despite XR lacking the distinctive religiosity of new testament and early (pre-150ACE) Christianity, the movement resonates with the early Christian experience in several ways. (1) A characterization of events within the world as apocalyptic. (2) Both feel vulnerable to the apocalypse in specific ways, though each responds differently. (3) Both experience the apocalypse as a community and develop community strategies in response to the apocalypse. The paper sketches certain features of new testament Christianity and compares some of these to XR. The main difference between the two movements is that XR makes decisions to actively become vulnerable, whereas new testament Christianity was more often passively vulnerable. Elements of new testament Christianity provide a context for understanding XR as a response to an apocalypse. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate crisis; apocalypse; extinction rebellion; Christianity; active love; hope; civil disobedience climate crisis; apocalypse; extinction rebellion; Christianity; active love; hope; civil disobedience
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