Grandmaster Jose Raul Capablanca said that to succeed “you must study the endgame before anything else.” In this episode we talk about endgame, an idea from chess that we extrapolate to answer the question, What is it like to be at the end of a great cosmic war?

We begin by following up on the question of apocalypse posed in the previous episode: what exactly is being uncovered?

Moving on we get into a little chess (and poker) endgame theory as a way of charting the territory of this conversation. We talk about the characteristics of a these endgames and then generalize to find out what predictable changes we can expect if we are in an endgame outside the context of games

We discuss four characteristics of endgame’s strategic environment:

  1. Speed
  2. Deception
  3. Surprising characters
  4. Chaos

After talking about the qualities of an endgame we ask, what “game” is it that we think we are in the end of?

And who are the major players involved and what are their goals? Our non-exhuastive list includes:

  • Spirits
  • Pagans
  • Sorcerers
  • Humanists
  • Nihilists
  • Nations and Statists
  • Jesus and his Church

Finally we end with some words of encouragement for the Christian who is trying to follow Jesus in a world that seems increasingly chaotic.

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