The end is near! Or at least it might be. December 21, 2012, the day some believe the ancient Maya predicted a world-ending event, is rapidly approaching. Why are we so receptive to this kind of thing? Religion Dispatches associate editor Jay Michaelson wrote “Apocalypse Now and Then: Our Global Death Wish” and shares some of his conclusions. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.

And just to be on the safe side, we’ll hear from a leading expert on Mayan culture and art — Dr. Mark Van Stone, who literally wrote the book on the subject. Dr. Stone will tell us if we even need to bother with Christmas shopping this year. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.

 

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