Shock and Awe: Apocalyptic in Sci-Fi, Jihad, and Other Eschatologies

Via 3QuarksDaily, I learned of this piece by Lewis Lapham about the end times. Since it relates to several of my academic and personal interests, and the intersection between them, I thought I should share it. Here is an excerpt: The spectacle of disaster as Old Testament trauma sells newspapers, but the drug of fear—administered in [Read More…]

Left Behind and Right Wing Conspiracy Theories

Fred Clark recently posted on the connection between the Left Behind series and Right Wing conspiracy theories. The two overlap extensively, with the non-religious leaving out the Rapture, but overlap in many other particulars, such as that the United Nations is a bad thing, and so too would world peace be. This while various news [Read More…]

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…]

For the Love of, Well, Me

I learned that Unfundamentalist Christians made a version of the Left Behind poster before David Hayward did, and so having shared his, I wanted to share this one and give credit where credit is due. [Read more…]

Please Do Not Bring Believers To This Movie

David Hayward offers a funny parody of one of the actual official ads for the Left Behind movie. That one claims to speak on behalf of Satan rather than God, however. [Read more…]

More Biblical Than Left Behind

Benjamin Corey nominated ten movies in the category “more Biblical than Left Behind.” One of them was Shrek, which features a talking donkey, as does the Balaam story. And so when Hemant Mehta drew attention to Corey’s post, he also shared this: Also Biblical is the girding up of one’s loins, and so here is [Read More…]

Humanity Left Behind

Fred Clark has posted again about the Left Behind movie. Here is a quote: You don’t need to be a seminary graduate to understand the theological problems with this story — you just need to be a human being. That’s the insurmountable problem for any attempt to make a movie based on LaHaye’s theological-sounding ideology. [Read More…]

Based on a True Story?

I saw this ad for the upcoming Left Behind movie on the blog Speculative Faith: There is no sense in which Left Behind is “based on a true story” – even one that hasn’t happened yet. It is based on an impressionistic reading of Revelation that ignores its original context, and often ignores what it [Read More…]

Making Money Off Of Mysteries

Fred Clark has a post about Tim LaHaye's latest attempt to do the opposite of clarifying the meaning of the Book of Revelation. In fact, what such authors do is, first, to either make Revelation seem more mysterious than it is, or play on and cultivate a widespread failure to make sense of the text. [Read More…]

Left Behind Teaser Trailer

Matthew Paul Turner and several others have noted the appearance of the first teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of the movie Left Behind, this time starring Nicholas Cage. Click the above to watch it on YouTube. Then come back here to let me know what you think. Is Nicholas Cage the best thing to [Read More…]