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