End(s) of Time(s)

monday 11 - 18:15 to wednesday 13 december 2017 - 16:00

For millennia, mankind has imagined the end of time in various ways: ranging from scenarios of a definite finis mundi to the mere closure of a period, the idea of a transformation of society into “Heaven on Earth” (Richard Landes) has been characteristic of most apocalyptic movements. All of them are inextricably linked to the phenomenon of prophecy.

In connection with the end of time, some civilizations have emphasized the notion of a judgment taking place, much like at a court of justice in the real world. As a result, numerous scenarios offer more or less detailed depictions of both the judgment and the “chosen” people. The conference will explore different views on judgment, salvation, and entry into timelessness or re-entry into normal time.