A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (5): Biblical Pornography

The wild popularity of the Left Behind series demonstrates the extent to which evangelical culture has become proficient and competent in adopting secular standards to dramatize the Christian message. This is made all the more fascinating when one considers the extremely literalist standpoint with regard to theological doctrine that the authors of the series assert and from which the storyline and concept is derived.

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (4): Left Behind 2000 Years Ago

[M]ainstream “orthodox” Christians ironically criticize preachers like Harold Camping (who predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would occur on May 21, 2011) and fringe denominations like the Jehovah’s Witnesses for doing exactly what Jesus himself did, namely setting dates for end-times that never happen at the promised time. Why is it that Jesus’ own words debunk Christianity in the same way and for the same reason?

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (3): Tribulation Farce

“You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he knows your name / You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he’s counting on your shame / You must be certain of the Devil ‘cause he’s master of the game / You must be certain of the Devil right now.” ~ Diamanda Galás, ‘You Must Be Certain of the Devil’ (1988) In the Left Behind series, […]

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (2): The Characters

The Protagonists The first book in the Left Behind series introduces the four primary characters who form the inner core group. Rayford Steele is a well-to-do, upper-class, all-American airline pilot. His nineteen-year-old daughter Chloe Steele is a college student and a natural-born skeptic of religion and supernatural phenomena. Cameron “Buck” Williams is an award-winning, globe-trotting journalist. Bruce Barnes is an […]

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A Critical Analysis of the “Left Behind” Series (1): The Premise

“This is the end, beautiful friend. This is the end, my only friend the end. Of our elaborate plans the end. Of everything that stands the end. No safety or surprise, the end.” ~ The Doors, ‘The End’ (1967) The belief that the biblical apocalypse is right around the corner in the present day is very central – and is […]

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Astronomy and Christian Superstition: A Review of John Hagee’s “Four Blood Moons”

“. . . to attempt to interpret [the Bible] so that it becomes a plan for the entire future of humanity is a deceptive snare for the unwary. It is always presumptuous of us to read our own times into earlier documents, which express other political, religious, or social interests, or to believe that what is happening now or is […]

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Heaven is for Suckers: A Review of Todd Burpo’s “Heaven is for Real”

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” ~ […]

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