Religion & Beliefs

Would You Be More or Less Religious if the World Were Ending?

This NYTimes story is really something you need to read. You’ve heard of the Doomsday clock, right? Did you know they’ve reset the hands to 11:55? Now Martin Rees, a cosmologist at Cambridge, “gives odds on doomsday and offers to … Read More

By / January 30, 2007

This NYTimes story is really something you need to read. You’ve heard of the Doomsday clock, right? Did you know they’ve reset the hands to 11:55?

Now Martin Rees, a cosmologist at Cambridge, “gives odds on doomsday and offers to bet on disaster….he gives civilization no more than a 50 percent chance of surviving until 2100.” If you think he’s wrong and you want to put your money where your mouth is, you can place a bet online.

And while the story does not mention religion at all, it does bring to mind all kinds of questions.

2100? That’s in like, a few minutes. That’s a year our kids will see.

If that was really the end, how would that affect the way you live? Would you save more money, or less? Would you become a complete heathen, or start praying?

And what about our Jewish ideas about the end of the world? If 2100 is really the end, does that mean the Moshiach is alive? Does that mean he’s just around the corner? Or does that mean it’s all a lot of bunk (since that only leaves us 93 years to build the Temple and live out an era of peace and freedom)?