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Apocalyptic scenarios run the gamut from super-viruses to killer asteroids. But in the midst of all this fretting about the future, Paul calls us to get on with living the life of faith.

Lord knows, there are plenty of reasons to worry if you’re so inclined. “Dirty” bombs.

Global warming.

The emergence of a new virulent disease.

Killer asteroids colliding with earth.

A super-virus unleashed deliberately or by human error.


Runaway chain reactions.

Galaxy-gobbling black holes.

Shifting magnetic poles.


Ozone depletion.

Population outgrowing food sources

And more ....

And in case you’re not worried, there are professionals who will do it for you. Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking predicts that the human race won’t survive the next thousand years. British astronomer Martin Rees gives us only a 50-50 chance. Stephen Petranek, editor-in-chief of Discover, troubles audiences with his lecture, “15 Major Risks to the World and Life as We Know It.” Environmentalist Paul Ehrlich writes of “humanity’s prospective collision with the natural world” when population, economic growth and technology reach a critical mass yielding a doomsday scenario in the...

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