APOCALYPSE NOT ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN (Apokalipsa nie wedlug swietego Jana)
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The main goal of this paper is presentation and interpretation of contemporary apocalyptic narrations which have been collected in the Polish Catholic community. Those narratives are called apocalyptic scripts in the article. The authoress focuses on the multiple sources of apocalyptic knowledge based on various systems (e.g. religious, scientific) and ways of its interpretation in the constantly changing context. On the one hand, apocalyptic beliefs are being modified and supplemented with current information from media. On the other - such information may obtain new meaning if perceived in the light of apocalyptic prophecies. The article analyzes also the way of thinking about the time as a separate category in the chosen community in terms of both linear and cyclic conceptions of time. It also deals with speculations about the date and sings of forthcoming apocalypse. The authoress presents information about the Doomsday which characterize apocalypse in two different categories: as a miraculous event or a rational consequence of human activity (e.g. nuclear war). Finally, also beliefs concerning resurrection and Final Judgment are presented in this article.
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