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THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH!
It would appear that a staggering number of people are concerned about the impending demise of the earth – in 2012.
In “Will the World End in 2012?”, Raymond Hundley reviews and analyses ten of the most prominent theories supporting a 2012 apocalypse, ranging from ancient Mayan prophecies and collision with “Planet X” to scientific predictions of solar storms and eruption of the supervolcano lurking beneath Yellowstone National Park. Although he himself is a Christian, he seeks to consider each of these theories based on their own merits and come to a conclusion separate from his faith.
…OR IS IT?
Being brutally honest, I was blissfully unaware of this growing concern. However, the title of the book did catch my eye. Coming from the vantage point of ignorance in this matter, I appreciated Dr. Hundley’s clear exposition of the various theories, along with his Christian epilogue. I was slightly disappointed, however, in the depth of analysis: I was hoping for something more meaty. But I do believe Dr. Hundley reaches a sensibly thought out (and perhaps, therefore, unsurprising) conclusion.
While I aimed to approach the book with an open mind, I am, in hindsight, inclined to believe that some guarded scepticism remained. However, I found myself being drawn in by the subject. A quick and interesting read, I would recommend this book as a good summary of the various apocalyptic theories.
~ Lisa (mylifebyfaith.wordpress.com)
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Raymond C. Hundley has written a clear piece on Will the World End in 2012? First of all, his writing is clear and it concise. Such a topic as this deserves attention and it Hundley shows attention to the topic with strict detail. Hundley sticks to the facts of each viewpoint and does not stray for the purpose of his own bias…until the conclusion of the book.
Will the world end on Deecember 21, 2012 (?) is a question that is drawing attention as the date draws nearer. Within this text are 12 chapters dealing with the possible answer to this question. The first ten chapters represent ten different views and they are…The Mayan Factor, Solar Storms, CERN & the Large Hadron Collider, Nostradamus Predictions, Magnetic Pole Reversal, Collision(s) w/ Planet X, Earth’s Alignment w/ Galactic Plane, Super Volcanic Eruption, Web-Bot Project & Religious Predictions.
Hundley gives a final conclusion on which hypothesis’ are worthy of attention/concern & which are absurd. Hundley proves within the first ten chapters that he did quality research. Hundley earned my respect throughout the text by his careful consideration for each hypothesis. He handled other’s opinions well and to conclude his writing he offers the reader the opportunity to prepare for the end of the world by examining your heart & the eternal direction your life is going. He presents a clear understanding of trusting Jesus to both the believer and the non-believer.
It is evident that Hundley is concerned for people and this is why I believe he wrote this text.
Raymond C. Hundley, PHD has been a youth worker, pastor, missionary, seminary professor, Cambridge scholar, university professor, author & international conference speaker. He received his Master of Arts in Religion in hermeneutics from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master of Letters in theology from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 

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My most recent book from Thomas Nelson Publishers was called Will the World End in 2010? by Raymond C. Hundley, Ph. D.
Basically, this is an explanatory book—specifically for Christians, but parts
are also directed at non Christians—on the 2012 phenomena. Because of the Mayan calendar that ends in 2012, many people have become convinced that the world will end then, in one way or another. Hundley attempts to give a reasonable explanation for all of the different “reasons” why this may or may not happen—reasons ranging from, of course, the Mayan calendar to Nostradamus, and from Internet trends to a potential collision with “Planet X”.
It’s all very fascinating to be sure—though there is an uncanny resemblance in all of this 2012 hype to the Y2K brouhaha of a mere 10 years ago.
That said, I’m honestly not quite sure what to think of this book. On the one hand, it debunks some of the blatantly wacko theories; while on the other, it seems to give credence to some others. The idea that massive solar flares are scheduled to hit Earth somewhere around 2011 and 2012 is apparently a generally accepted premise—scary, to be sure—in the scientific community. The book reads like part doomsday tract, part Idiot’s Guide to Strange Prophecies, and part textbook. It’s disturbing to read about a possible massive disaster coming as soon as 2012 (if solar flares were to really strike the Earth at that time, it could cause massive damage to communications and electronics, as well as perhaps set off ticklish volcanoes worldwide). One can’t help but get a bit perturbed reading this book.
Hundley doesn’t seem to think that the world will end in 2012—though he never outright says one way or the other. His point is merely to present the information in a rational and clear-cut way so that people can enter the discussion informed. He does challenge Christians to “live like there’s no tomorrow”, because we don’t know the day or the hour of Christ’s return. The Bible tells us that no one can know when Jesus is coming back—and hence, when the end of the world will come.
Will the World End in 2012 ends with some short-and-to-the-point evaluations of all the different theories, and an equally concise guide on how to prepare for the end of your own personal world (otherwise known as death) even if the end of Earth doesn’t come in your lifetime. I was pleased to read this part, as it makes a point of showing that your world will end someday, and you need to be prepared for it, even if it comes without asteroids and volcanoes or black holes and other various explosions.
I found the book interesting to read, though I doubt I’ll reread it straight through. As a reference guide for this particular subject, it is doubtless an easy to read and easy to understand source—so long as you’re willing to take the information and make your own conclusions.
I’d give Will the World End in 2012 a three-out-of-five stars.
~Trav
 

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