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What Social and Political Messages Appear in the Left Behind Books?

A Literary Discussion of Millenarian Fiction
  • Amy Johnson Frykholm
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Abstract

Stories about the end of time have always been a part of Christianity. There have been stories about disaster and redemption, about Babylon and the New Jerusalem. There have been stories of violence and destruction as well as everlasting peace and overwhelming happiness. In every place and at every time these stories have been told, they not only have envisioned the end of time, but they also have instructed readers and listeners about their own time and place. This is just as true of the Left Behind series as it has been for the multiplicity of other stories Christians have told about the end of time over two millennia.

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Notes

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    Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1997), viii.Google Scholar
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    Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1996), 131.Google Scholar
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    John Walvoord, The Church in Prophecy (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1964), 179–180.Google Scholar
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    Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Left Behind: A Novel of Earth’s Last Days (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1995), 214.Google Scholar
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    Hal Lindsey with Carole C. Carlson, The Late Great Planet Earth (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1970).Google Scholar
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    Ernest Angley, Raptured: A Novel of the Second Coming of the Lord (Akron, Ohio: Winston Press, 1950), 105.Google Scholar
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    Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1998), 307.Google Scholar
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    Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 2000), 70.Google Scholar
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© Bruce David Forbes and Jeanne Halgren Kilde 2004

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