Had my alarm set for 10 a.m. this morning. While I was having breakfast, I listened to a Day Six interview by Brent Bambury on CBC Radio with academic Nicholas Guyatt who in 2007 wrote a book called Have A Nice Doomsday: Why Millions of Americans Are Looking Forward to the End of the World.

Fifty million, actually. That was Guyatt’s estimate, based on polling data, of the number of Americans who believe the world will end in their lifetime. Here’s a review on the book in the British on-line journal New Humanist.

Here’s a link to another article in New Humanist that delves deeper into the links between apocalyptic Christian dogma and U.S. politics and Middle East foreign policy.