June 30th, 2006


Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End of the World: Book Review

Jason Boyett’s Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End of the World is a very funny, irreverent, but accurate description of the history of eschatology; the study of the end of the world. Though his humor follows rabbit trails such as the possible identity of the Antichrist (with humorous in-depth comparisons between Bill Gates and Bill Clinton and others as potential Beasts), the greatest contribution is Boyett’s simple and succinct description of the various doctrines concerning the specifics of the dogma of the Second Coming of Christ. With tongue firmly in cheek, we are treated to very clear representations of the five major views of the Second Coming of Christ that are present in Christendom today.

The largest section of the book is two chapters throughout history of failed predictions of the end of the world starting from 2000 BC all the way to modern day. Laughing all the way you are introduced to the Shakers, the Jehovah’s Witnesses (who win the award for failed predictions of Christ’s return), C. I Scofield (a shady-appearing character who had a major impact on Christian eschatology), and the travesty of Edgar C. Whisenant’s predictions of the return of Christ in the late ‘80’s. Along the way, are some absolutely hilarious definitions of words such as tribulation, ragnorak, the Rapture, and even Leonard Bernstein.

For those who believe serious theology can’t be taught with mirth, you may want to steer clear, but for those of us who believe there can be laughter in the Holy of Holies, this is a book to be enjoyed and shared.