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From Mushrooms to the Stars: 2012 and the Apocalyptic Milieu

ByAndrew Fergus Wilson

The ‘2012 industry’ continues apace and variations on the 2012 theme proliferate but they do so within the context of an existing field of prophetic activity. Despite a number of core texts which, in general terms, shape the scope of 2012 apocalyptic prophecy it is notable that a selection of narratival effects associated with earlier apocalyptic discourse formation are present within 2012 apocalyptic prophecy. This chapter, then, is an attempt to demonstrate the embeddedness of 2012 discourse within existing currents of apocalyptic prophecy and also argues the case for an ‘apocalyptic milieu’ which intersects a variety of North American and European Christian beliefs, popular culture and emerging religious formations.