My mind finds it challenging to comprehend what appeal apocalyptic thinking has for some people. Webster defines it as, “relating to or involving terrible violence and destruction.”
Remember the LEFT BEHIND series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Behind It even spawned a movie in 2014. The movie was awful and almost universally panned by critics. It cost $16M to make and only netted $19M before it closed.
But the books were bestsellers! Why do people get intrigued by the end of the world? For an interesting look at one explanation pertaining to Christian writing, see this FRONTLINE article:
In reference to the appeal this thinking has on ISIS, Peter Bergan of CNN has an idea. He explains that they see themselves involved in a violent war between good and evil. “ISIS members devoutly believe that they are fighting in a cosmic war in which they are on the side of good, which allows them to kill anyone they perceive to be standing in their way with no compunction.” You can read his article here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/16/opinion/bergen-isis-enemies/index.html
This ISIS view is based on apocalyptic writings in the Koran they select to justify their cause. But, Islamic scholars say the view ISIS holds is wrong. In fact, one scholar, Nihad Alwad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), announced that 120 Islamic scholars had produced an 18 page document for ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Bagh, in Arabic explaining in great detail why they are wrong. He also says Graeme Wood in his ATLANTIC article
on ISIS was wrong to say they are Islamic. here is Wood’s article:
Alwad says ISIS not only does not represent Islam, it isn’t Muslim at all!
So we have Muslim scholars telling ISIS they are wrong and they aren’t representing Muslims at all.
And that is what our President also believes and tells the world.
The President’s Summit on Counter Terrorism seeks to address the root causes for the appeal ISIS has to disenfranchised people all over the world who leave their homelands or try at least to join up with ISIS.
Here’s a video link for President Obama’s comments: http://www.c-span.org/video/?324398-104/president-obama-remarks-countering-violent-extremism
Pat Taylor Fuller has a blogspot named Pat’s Commentary