Matthew Sutton
Matthew Sutton

The leader of a small group outside Philadelphia has predicted that the world will be annihilated today.

“It’ll be gone forever. Annihilated,” founder of eBibleFellowship Chris McCann told the Guardian, basing his prediction on his biblical readings.

The Guardian’s article about McCann’s predictions began to draw quite a bit of attention Tuesday, even though McCann’s group is relatively small and unknown in the United States and his predictions were not widely publicized before Tuesday.

For whatever reason, the British enjoy watching Americans’ apocalyptic predictions, which feeds a larger interest in apocalyptic narratives, said Matthew Sutton, Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of history at WSU and author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism.

“There’s an American’s fascination with these things,” Sutton said. “It gives us an escape from the horrors of the world to see someone’s imaginary horrors of the world.”

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