Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Dr. Lance Moore.
Moore is the author, most recently, of End of the World Propheteers: Exposing the Truth about Apocalyptic Predictions and the Blood Moon Scam (CreateSpace). He has published six previous titles, including Killing JFK: 50 Years, 50 Lies: From the Warren Commission to Bill O’Reilly, A History of Deceit in the Kennedy Assassination—one of the most popular titles among recent releases on the subject. An ordained United Methodist Pastor, he holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emery University and spent a quarter-century in parish ministry and Bible study. Dr. Moore is a six-time contributor to the “Abingdon Preaching Annual,” a repeat panelist on Hallmark Channel’s “Naomi’s New Morning” (Naomi Judd’s television talk show), and a contributor to various magazines/journals.
Praise for End of the World Propheteers:
“I highly recommend you read this book … I’m a fan of Dr. Moore’s because his writing is easy to read but not simplistic: he uses brilliant logic and solid research … I’ve found everything he has written … to be genuine and trustworthy. Christians AND agnostics owe it to the Truth to read this book!”—Amazon reviewer Norma Kaiser
From the publisher:
Is the world soon ending? Scores of best-selling books, claiming to be highly spiritual and Biblical, have warned us in recent decades that Armageddon, World War 3, and the Rapture are coming in the next few months. From Hal Lindsay, to Tim LaHaye, to John Hagee, the “urgent message” keeps getting relayed: we should fear the imminent end of the world. Can a Christian doubt the end is near? Considering that the doomsdayists have been wrong time and time again for centuries, maybe we should doubt. Now acclaimed author Reverend Doctor Lance Moore offers inquisitive minds an alternative Biblical view as he challenges the sensationalistic profiteering behind “Left Behind” and “Blood Moon” fears, with a clear examination of the truth—and an exposé of the false motives of End Time propheteers.
Now, Lance Moore shares his Truth with readers …
Hartford Books Examiner: What inspired you to write END OF THE WORLD PROPHETEERS – and in what ways do you feel this book is both timely and timeless?
Lance Moore: Predicting the end of the world has been a “sport” for thousands of years, so yes, it’s a timeless topic. And timely, because the latest gimmick has been to claim that four lunar eclipses (“Blood Moons”) in a single year—THIS year—mark another sign of the end. The problem is that we can always, in any given year, find something going on in the sky or on the earth that seems to have unique significance. Each generation likes to think the time they live in is special and significant. But when you examine this topic (what the theologians call “Eschatology”) with a long-term historical perspective, you find that Cicero of ancient Rome was right: “There is nothing new under the sun.”
HBE: Why do you think that the “end-of-times” narrative has continued to grow in popularity – and, in your opinion, how has money influenced its perpetuation?
LM: In one sense, it has always been a popular topic (perhaps the ultimate life and death topic!), but in sheer sales volume, yes, the field has grown. For a variety of reasons, including the profit motive. First, significant dates/events in history: the atomic age and the reformation of Israel in the forties, which seems to fulfill biblical prophecy, and next the “odometer rollover” of Y2K. With that coming of the New Millennium is a psycho-social phenomenon, what Alvin Toffler called “Future Shock,” so that people are faced with radical change and a frightening rise of technology. In response, they understandably look to spiritual answers for reassurance. Here’s the irony: people are comforted by the rather-horrible idea of God destroying the world because it means God is still in control and bad guys will be punished.
HBE: How has biblical study informed your perspective on the matter – and what do you believe are the keys to making an “alternative Biblical view” such as your own more commonly known and understood?
LM: Tis hard to answer your thoughtful questions with brevity. I’ve studied the Bible for over fifty years, and while there are many scholars smarter, there are few who have had my broad range of experience and exposure to all views: conservative, liberal and all points in between. What I’ve learned from that is we have to be mindful of our personal biases and pet theories. It takes humility to recognize we may have tunnel-vision. The more we broaden our understanding, the better we get at interpreting the Bible in its vast richness. Indeed, I do hope more people will come to understand the Bible has multiple layers of meaning and complex levels of paradox.
HBE: Tell us about your writing style. How do you endeavor to balance entertainment with education – and in what ways do you believe this approach benefits your readers?
LM: I think you just complimented me… because to be honest, I do get a lot of positive feedback from readers about my use of humor and my informal style even with serious topics. Maybe that comes from 28 years as a preacher; I knew when the audience’s eyes began to glaze over that I’d better mix some entertainment in with the pedantry.
HBE: Given your eclectic interests, what might readers expect next from you?
LM: Eclectic is indeed one of my favorite words. Like you, that’s why I love books—life is a feast of exciting ideas and puzzling questions, and books offer the best way to access that smorgasbord. For now, I’ll just promise that whatever the next topic is, it will be tasty!
With thanks to Lance Moore for generously indulging these curiosities.