John Walliss

When?
Wednesday, January 9 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
John Walliss

What's the talk about?

The Mayan calendar finishes one of its great cycles in December 2012, which has fuelled countless theories about the end of the world on December 21, 2012 at 11:11(UTC). Numerous prophets and religious leaders have previously made claims that the world will end on a specific date with events subsequently proving them wrong.

John will examine the phenomenon of prophetic failure, drawing on the wealth of literature that we have developed in the social sciences over the last 60 or so years. In doing so he will hope to answer such questions as what happens when prophecy fails and does prophecy ever really fail?

John Walliss is the senior lecturer in the sociology of religion and Director of the Centre for Millennialism Studies within the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University.