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ISSN: 1703-289X (digital)  
Publisher: University of Toronto Press 

 

Volume 24, issue 2, 2012
Article

Meme Splicing Genesis 6:1–4 and the Apocalypse of 2012

Paul Thomas

Abstract

In the morass that has become year 2012 apocalyptic thought, there has emerged a group of authors who are linking the year 2012, Genesis 6:1–4, and cultural fears concerning genetic engineering. This article examines the manner in which various authors combine these seemingly disparate threads to argue that Genesis 6:1–4 is a record of devious ancient genetic engineering and that the Bible foretells a time when similar events will herald the coming apocalypse, thought by some to coincide with the year 2012. Looking at this literature as representative of a type of improvisational millennialism, this article examines the rhetorical devices used to make this argument.

Keywords: apocalypse, millennialism, premillennialism, 2012, Genesis, cloning, nephilim, conspiracy, improvisational, sons of God, genetic science

Author:
Paul Thomas
Title:
Meme Splicing Genesis 6:1–4 and the Apocalypse of 2012 
Journal:
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Volume 24, issue 2, 2012, p.310-325
 
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