Ditto @Jorrit. Cultural essentialist assumptions are made of fail.
OP gave us that "What do you think of Uncle Doraemon?" thread last week and sparked another pointlessly stupid flame war. Trolling gently this is not.
Christianity in Rome was rooted in cargo cults and millenarism groups, so those ideas and the
paths of thinking about the Time have survived in ¨¨Western Culture¨¨ (WTF is that??).
All these ideas-theories are revived by situations of crisis, economic and social.
Now, we are in one of this situations, so is normal see them.