Friday, 31 August 2012

Book Review: Planet Earth 2000

Genre: Religion & Spirituality   
Author: Hal Lindsey   
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars  

There are few who worry that the apocalyptic visions of Christianity and Islam might not lead to a Pygmalion effect more than I do.

Hal Lindsey wrote his monumental bestseller, The Late Great Planet Earth either in 1967 or 1969. I didn't manage to read it until the early 70's and I remember being electrified by the Bible exposition in this book along with the explanation of the ancient prophecies.

Many years later I had the opportunity to speak with one of Hal Lindsey's teachers, one of the most respected theologians in the world whose expertise was in eschatology or bible prophecy. He was quite disparaging of Lindsey which very much surprised me since they both presented the same theological view point. This person's concern, however, seemed to be with what he saw as 'date setting' by Lindsey and his propensity to postulate firm ideas from weak scripture.

Since those early years Lindsey seems to have mellowed and his writing and pronouncements are much more tempered while still presenting a pre-trib, pre-mil position that is widely held within Protestantism. Planet Earth was written in 1994. I found it in a box of books I had stored away.

It was interesting to note that 19 of 20 predictions Lindsey made in 1969 based on bible prophecy have come true. It is also interesting to note how these same prophecies continue to play out on the world stage. 

Whether one believes in God or in the bible or nor is not the point at all. What is the point are the dire warnings from wars to disease to pestilence to a world running out of resources. For the entire world to live at a level of the average citizen of Paris the world population would have to be reduced to 700,000,000 which is a far cry from where we are today.

As a species we go around with our heads in the clouds, optimistic that science will resolve the horrendous challenges facing us. Science, however, has no answers and the solutions become more and more difficult. The future, contrary to what many wish to believe, is not bright and it is not going to get better.

Make what you will of Lindsey and his writings and make your own decision about bible prophecy but say what you will, we are in for a rough ride as a species and things look grim and in the 14 years since this book was written things have gotten far worse.

(Originally posted to Multiply December 30, 2008)

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