The Message of Left Behind

I just watched the Left Behind movie with Nicholas Cage. I won’t bother summarizing the film since most people are familiar with its premise and plot. Instead, I’d like to offer some observations about what I think the story is trying to accomplish. First, I have to note that the characters who are left behind [Read More...]

Update Your Calendars for October 1st, 2018

A friend shared the above flyer on Facebook.Does anyone else remember 88 reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988? People have been offering calculations like this since before the time of Jesus. Doesn’t the fact that all such calculations have been wrong suggest that it is not just the specific calculations, but the very act of [Read More...]

The Most Embarrassing Verse in the Bible

I saw the above quote on Facebook and wanted to comment on it, since it takes something that C. S. Lewis attributes to others, and treats it as though it were his own viewpoint. You can read a fuller excerpt here. Lewis has a point that the inclusion of things that were difficult and uncomfortable [Read More...]

Making Christianity Easier

Benjamin Corey wrote a post that offers an explanation of the popularity of end-times Christianity: The end times version of Christianity that many of us grew up with has been immensely popular, not because it’s true, but because it’s easy. Prior to the invention of end times fanaticism, Christians were busy trying to change the world [Read More...]

Correction

Unvirtuous Abbey shared the image above on Facebook. It is a correction to a letter to the editor. I’m not sure what paper it is from. But while I considered sharing it without comment, it struck me that this end-times approach to religion, which identifies symbols in the Bible with people involved in politics, is in [Read More...]

Agog About Gog

Mike Skinner wrote a post about the end-times prophecy approach to the Bible, and the attempt by some to identify Vladmir Putin as Ezekiel’s Gog. Here’s the conclusion: Let’s stop the madness of pretending that ancient prophetic texts are futuristic codes for us to decipher current political events. Let’s read the biblical texts responsibly. Click through [Read More...]

Fear of Judgment

I’ve talked in the past about how science fiction about parallel universes (which may or may not turn out to be science fact) turns out to offer a similar comfort to Abrahamic religious beliefs about an afterlife. The cartoon above from “People in White Coats” suggests that science fiction can offer an alternative to the [Read More...]

Translation vs. Resurrection

Someone recently asked me about why Jesus’ death was understood by Christians as a resurrection rather than a “bodily translation to heaven” or something of the sort. It’s a fascinating question, and so I thought I would share some of my answer here. The reference in Jude to a Jewish tradition about Michael and the [Read More...]

Syria and the End Times

Hemant Mehta shared some interesting statistics and infographics about what Americans think about Syria, and how events there may be leading up to the “end times.” These statistics also give us in the process a good sense of how many Americans have never consulted a scholarly commentary on the Book of Revelation… [Read more...]

Time and Eternity in 20th Century Theology – and Doctor Who

TheologyGrams shared this gem: I shared another Doctor Who-related diagram from that blog once before. There are several other wonderful items that have since appeared there, and so here are a couple more: Apophatic Theology Explained: How to work out where Mark’s Gospel ends: [Read more...]

More on the Ridiculousness of Left Behind

Fred Clark is continuing his series that takes apart the unintentionally comical character of the Left Behind books in slow motion. His latest post on Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist is a gem. It includes wonderful statements like this: Tim LaHaye wants his readers to recognize that he, Tim LaHaye, is uniquely correct about [Read More...]


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