Tuesday, 26 September 2006


Watching recently a sober and well researched documentary about modern fundamentalists of various kinds, it struck me how devil-worshippers like dear old Aleister Crowley were really quite cuddly compared with some of today’s pro-God factions. In particular, I had not until then heard much about a terrifying bunch of people called Endtimers: it seems there are millions of these dangerous crackpots, mostly Americans and possibly including George W Bush, who subscribe to the notion that the prophecies in the Book of Revelation are actually going to come true, the key element in their preposterous beliefs.

You can find out more from the many websites which come up if you search for keywords such as Endtime, Armageddon, Rapture and Tribulation, but I wouldn’t bother. I am not providing links to them because reading this mediaeval drivel is such a depressing experience and anyway all you really need to know is in this comment on the TV documentary.

However, I did find one page on a site called RaptureReady which I much enjoyed. Last May I posted a not entirely serious piece about likely accommodation in Heaven, but this topic is dealt with more convincingly here, where there are charming photographs giving a clear idea of the sort of dwellings with which Christian believers will probably be provided. Naturally they are graded according to individual merit, ranging from a rather depressing neo-baronial Super Saint Mansion for top believers all the way down to something that looks like an outside privy, for those whose godly activites were confined to going to church on Sunday.

And a famous earlier guess at how the world will end (or rather, won’t) is here.


Anonymous said...

I adore the picture of the outhouse with the toilet roll on the outside. I believe it is on your third link. It is a very Dadaist installation.

Or simply an inconvenience to say the least.

Tony said...

My fourth link, actually, Anonymous.
But I agree, you saucy little Pew Warmer, you: it's much nicer than that awful Gothic monstrosity; thank God I'm not a Super Saint!

Anonymous said...

IIf there are indeed houses in this heaven then who put in the plumbing

Tony said...

St Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Sanitary Engineering, of course.