For the a-religious and anti-religious skeptic, apocalyptic scenarios of passionate religious believers often provide the occasion for mockery and derision.
Giles Fraser in The Guardian agrees that there is a dangerous strain in apocalyptic impulses that fuels some of the very worst, indeed most violent and barbarous expressions of religious passion we see in the world today. But he goes further. The phenomenon of apocalypticism is not limited to religious believers. It operates every bit as fully in secular and non-believing communities, often to the same genocidal effect