Left Behind Index I: Posts 1-50

1. Left Behind is evil | Oct. 17, 2003

2. Pretrib Porno | Oct. 18, 2003; pp. 1-3

3. The denial of death | Oct. 20, 2003; pp. 4-5

4. Meet Buck Williams | Oct. 20, 2003; pg. 6

5. Meet the GIRAT | Oct. 21, 2003; pp. 6-7

6. Weird Science | Oct. 22, 2003; pp. 6-8

7. A Thief in the Night | Oct. 22, 2003

8. Peace in the Middle East | Oct. 23, 2003; pp. 8-9

9. The Literal Donkey’s Penis | Oct. 24, 2003; pp. 10-15

10. The Babel Fish | Oct. 25, 2003; pp. 10-15

11. Recycling Sydney Watson | Oct. 27, 2003

12. Why this matters | Oct. 27, 2003

13. Do Panic | Nov. 2, 2003; pp. 15-19

14. Tony the Flight Attendant | Nov. 3, 2003; pg. 18

15. The Hypothetical Bus | Nov. 3, 2003

16. There’s a New World Coming | Nov. 5, 2003

17. Not creepy enough | Nov. 7, 2003; Chapter 1

18. The Naked Truth | Nov. 8, 2003; pp. 21-25

19. Jerry’s book tour | Nov. 11, 2003

20. Welcome to the Hellmouth | Dec. 8, 2003

21. The Lex Luthor factor | Dec. 9, 2003; pp. 23-24

22. Concorde calling | Dec. 10, 2003; pp. 25-27

23. Hard to get a cab | Dec. 20, 2003; pp. 28-30

24. A fool’s hope | Dec. 22, 2003; pp. 29-30

25. This ain’t science fiction | Dec. 26, 2003; pg. 30

26. My favorite character so far | Dec. 30, 2003; pp. 22-37

27. Email MacGuyver | Jan. 16, 2004; pp. 30-32

28. ’60 Minutes’ falls asleep in church | Feb. 12, 2004

29. Rayford ‘Mary Sue’ Steele | Mar. 23, 2004

30. Flirting with disaster | Mar. 23, 2004; pp. 32-34

31. Good took my copilot | Mar. 24, 2004; pp. 34-35

32. The evil of banality | Mar. 25, 2004; pp. 35-39

33. Buck deplanes | Mar. 31, 2004; pp. 41-43

34. Scream morality | April 6, 2004; pp. 43-45

35. Carl Olson sits in | April 12, 2004

36. Inhumanly pro-family | April 20, 2004; pg. 45

37. Yesterday’s news | April 20, 2004; pg. 45

38. Go to Hell | May 5, 2004; pp. 45-46

39. Pagan Babies | May 19, 2004; pp. 46-48

40. Global Weekly I | May 20, 2004

41. Global Weekly II | May 21, 2004

42. Shackled | May 21, 2004; pg. 48

43. Sorrow Floats | June 15, 2004; pp. 48-49

44. There goes the neighborhood | July 26, 2004

45. Thank Heaven for little girls | July 28, 2004; pp. 49-54

46. Scream 2 morality | July 29, 2004; pp. 50-53

47. Keep an eye on the Jews | Aug. 3, 2004; pp. 54-57

48. The Final Frontier | Aug. 5, 2004; pp. 57-58

49. Dr. Dives is bored | Aug. 6, 2004; pg. 59

50. 21 days | Aug. 9, 2004

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ JJohnson

    Oooh, useful!

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful, the comments seem to have made it across okay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Lochmoeller/100000461280203 Scott Lochmoeller

    Ya! will it have some kind of permanent link in the side bar or something?

  • nanananana

    oh god.sometimes i forget how much fred has done for us.

  • Chris H

    That’s a full year of catharsis being neatly indexed for us :)

  • Anonymous

    beautifull sniff just beautifull

  • Anonymous

    beautifull sniff just beautifull

  • Lunch Meat

    Just wanted to note, as I’m reading through them again (because I’m too lazy to go to bed on time (fortunately, these first few are mostly pretty short)) that some of the formatting seems to be off. The text from the book does not appear to be italicized when it should, making it difficult to know when the quote ends and the commentary begins. Just something to take a look at when you get a chance.

    Thanks for doing this!

  • Lunch Meat

    Also internal links to other LB posts have not been updated with a new url, as in #37, “Yesterday’s News.”

  • http://twitter.com/2house2fly Andrew PG

    Well this is very handy.

    Probably as good a place as any to say, as I’ve been kind of wanting to, that it was the Left Behind posts that drew me to the Slacktivist blog a while back, and as I read it I increasingly started reading the blog posts between the Left Behind criticisms as well, until eventually I was reading every post.  It was time well spent.  Thanks for writing, Fred.

  • Anonymous

    You know I have couple of things to say yesterday I was reading the last part of the bible (relevations 22) and I found something very interesting:

    18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.Mr Clark I am curious about what you might think of this.

  • Dan W

    This is great. I hope you plan to continue reviewing Tribulation Force; I noticed it’s been weeks since the last post on it. The Left Behind critiques were what got me started reading Slacktivist, and eventually commenting here. Thanks!

  • FangsFirst

    Mr Clark I am curious about your opinion of this particular prophecy/warning.

    Can’t think of a good way to search it up, but the points–if I am guessing your intent correctly–are easy to line up.
    1) It doesn’t say the words are literal (and almost NO ONE thinks about literal seven headed beasts and dragons, so…) just not to add or take them away.

    2) Prophecy is often defined as not being exclusively the domain of precognition.

    3) I forget, but Fred, I *think* reads it as both a recitation of contemporary history (of around the time it was written) and a generalized allegorical representation of the dangers of enormous empires (eg, Rome). I’m fuzzy on his exact views here, but I know those are popular understandings.

    4) I’m a jerk: I partly assume you are trying to trip him up because you called it “revelations,” which is typically the pluralized version given by anyone who exclusively associates it with precognitive “apocalypse.”
    Sorry. Maybe it’s an honest question (though if I’m wrong, I can’t fathom what the point in asking is) and you just don’t know the name of said book.

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ JJohnson

    Totally this.

  • guest

    Thank you so much; I remember how much of a pain it was to go through and find all of these when I started reading your blog. I also might have ignored tags but that’s beside the point.

  • Dan Audy

    Wow it amazes me that you still have the constitution to keep going.  I often find myself skipping over or just skimming the Left Behind posts because the content is often repetitive.  LeHaye is a terrible writer and there are only so many ways to say “the effects of this were poorly thought through”, “his characters are cardboard cutouts”, and “now he says completely nonsensical shit”.

    Thanks for your hard work because you are a far better man than I to not have given up in disgust and boredom years ago.  As horrible and tedious as analysing and debunking them chapter by chapter is, I believe it is a valueable contribution to inteligent thought.

  • Anonymous

    If the purpose of doing a series of roundup posts is to make the LB deconstruction easier to navigate, then you really want to make these roundup posts easy to find. It’s a little self-defeating if you have to go digging through the archives to find the index posts that mean you don’t have to go digging through the archives. Simply tagging them differently (“Left Behind Index”, or somesuch) and then making it clear that this tag exists immediately solves this problem. If this page isn’t easy to find, then its usefulness is severely hampered.

  • Anonymous

    I am not trying to trick him I just want to know his opinion about that part of the bible.

    I am sure he would say the same things you did, I just want to know what he thinks about the irony that the last book of the bible ends with a warning about using these prophecies for your own gain.

  • http://outshine-the-sun.blogspot.com/ Andrew G.

    18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book
    19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    That’s a standard document curse or copyist’s curse; in the absence of copyright law or reliable publishing, such curses were used to discourage scribes from changing the text when making copies.

    Alteration of the text of books was a huge problem in the early Christian period (so much so that we can’t claim to have the original text of any New Testament book).

  • Anonymous

    I see.

    learned something new

  • Anonymous

    You know I have couple of things to say yesterday I was reading the last
    part of the bible (relevations 22) and I found something very
    interesting:

    18For I testify unto every man that heareth the
    words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these
    things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book
    :19And
    if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
    God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the
    holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    I feel he’s done a great job of writing about that myself.  After all, a pre-Trib Rapture is not anywhere in the Bible.  Premillenial dispensationalism is a modern doctrine with no clear Biblical basis, and appears to have been invented in the 19th century by John Darby.  Fred has pointed out, time and time again, that this is an abiblical and immoral conception of the End.  He also reminds us that the tendency of preachers on the subject to jump from Revelations to Ezekiel and the occult-sounding parts of Daniel indicates that they do not view the Bible as a guide for living or a revelation of the good news of the Resurrection, but as an End Times checklist.  This kind of bizarre, out-of-context reading of isolated passages from 3 different books is not literal or even literate.  It is a travesty and distracts otherwise good Christians from the core of Jesus’s message.

    Guess why I left the church? :)

  • Anonymous

    I just want to know what he thinks about the irony that the last book of
    the bible ends with a warning about using these prophecies for your own
    gain.

    Flat? Don’t you think it’s just a little ironic that you have just added a phrase, “using these prophecies for your own gain,” that isn’t in the text in any way? 

    As for the curse, if it’s truly a curse about changing the meaning, I’m afraid Mr. Darby is going to have some ‘splainin’ to do.

  • eleanor rigby

    First time commenting here but I had to come out of lurkdom to say how much I love that this was posted.  If nothing else, it tells me how long I’ve been reading Slactivist.  I remember the first ever post I read was “Meet the GIRAT”.  I had just moved, was in bed due to severe morning sickness with kid3 and someone had given me the Left Behind books to read while I was in bed.  I remember how everyone at church raved about the books and I thought “I can’t be the only one who thinks these books are garbage, can I?”  And that is how I found this blog (or, that is how I found the old blog which is now this blog but is really the same thing as the old blog.)

  • Leisa McCord

    Your blog is in WordPress. I don’t know what resources you have to help you with this, but you could create a page with an archive with all the Left Behind posts. It would be on your top menu, just like your About page that’s not being utilized. I am thrilled with your beginning index, and having the category will help, but it could be so much more visible!

  • http://mmycomments.blogspot.com/ mmy

    Wonderful, the comments seem to have made it across okay.

    As one of the people who knows a little of what has been going on behind the scenes — the first attempt to import all of Fred’s posts with comments failed. Translating from TypePad to WordPress is not simple.

    All the posts (and comments) have been kept safe for the last 6 months and the people at Patheos are now reimporting all the posts with the original comments intact.

    Just getting all the posts into the general Slacktivist/Patheos archive will take some time.

    So, hearty congratulations to all the people at Patheos and Fred.

    Today’s post (http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2011/08/finding-freds-finest.html) at The Slacktiverse (Fred’s site when it was Slacktivist) gives details as to how the successful import of Fred’s posts will affect that site. 

  • Leisa McCord

    Awesome. I know that going from one blog format to another is a huge pain. I’m glad to know that it’s a work in progress. It’ll happen eventually, then.

  • FangsFirst

    oh, oh, I see, fair enough then!
    My apologies…I didn’t want to jump too quickly to what might have been an egregious judgment, but it felt too “out of the blue” I guess…

  • Münchner Kindl

    Oh, nice! Thanks Fred for the import.

    I hope that this is the start of regular (monday?) Left Behind TF posts again  – we only have a few chapters on the  double wedding and Bruce Barnes death countdown left! Pretty please?

  • Münchner Kindl

    Oh, nice! Thanks Fred for the import.

    I hope that this is the start of regular (monday?) Left Behind TF posts again  – we only have a few chapters on the  double wedding and Bruce Barnes death countdown left! Pretty please?

  • http://mmycomments.blogspot.com/ mmy

    I know that going from one blog format to another is a huge pain. I’m glad to know that it’s a work in progress. It’ll happen eventually, then.

    One of the reasons that it has taken so long is the shear size of Fred’s archive. There were a monumental number of comments attached to some of the posts. And there were over 2,000 posts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Vinson/100002426710253 Tom Vinson

    That “fully-loaded 747 on autopilot” (under Pretrib Porno) just cries out for a fan-fic contest.
    Maybe open it up to Ray/Buck slash as well?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Vinson/100002426710253 Tom Vinson

    That “fully-loaded 747 on autopilot” (under Pretrib Porno) just cries out for a fan-fic contest.
    Maybe open it up to Ray/Buck slash as well?

  • http://twitter.com/Jongargia Jonathan Garcia

    Sure, right AFTER I read through the whole index.

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