What drives human obsession with the end of the world?
Religious ideology scholar, historian and writer Christopher Stroop will discuss apocalypticism in pop culture and politics during a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Dow Science Center, Room L1, at Alma College.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Stroop researches the historical and social significance of religious ideas and ideology, specifically the impact of traditionalist religious thinking. On his website, he describes himself as an “ex-evangelical seeking to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities.”
In his campus talk, Stroop will address key questions: What is it that drives obsession with the end? What happens when we map prophecies onto history, geography and current events? How might increasing awareness of the presence of apocalypticism in our culture help us to clarify our values and address social problems?
Stroop currently is an instructor in the Honors College at the University of South Florida, where he teaches the course, “The End of the World as We Know It: Apocalypse and Dystopia in Life, Art and Geopolitics.”
He has a Ph. D. in modern Russian history and interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. In addition to his writing and public speaking, he is a media commentator on religion and politics, the U.S. Christian Right, Russia and foreign policy.