This week in End Times mania: Confusing ‘Left Behind’ with reality

Some people have a hard time telling the difference between the Bible and the biblical fan-fiction concocted by John Nelson Darby, Cyrus Scofield, Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye, John Hagee, et. al. And it seems those same people have an even harder time telling the difference between this fiction and reality.

And these folks have been busy this week.

Here’s a round-up of LaHaye-ish End Times mania in the news.

1. Arizona state senator introduces anti-Agenda 21 bill.

Susie Cagle of Grist reports on the latest eruption of official right-wing paranoia over this decades-old, voluntary collection of best-practices for sustainable cities:

Last May, less insane heads managed to prevail in the Grand Canyon State, shooting down a bill that would have prohibited state and local governments from adopting anything even a little bit related to sustainability and Agenda 21. But the idea has crawled out of the grave in the form of SB 1403, a new bill that would prohibit any local government in Arizona from implementing any “creed, doctrine, principles or any tenet” of Agenda 21.

“Any way you want to describe it, Agenda 21 is a direct attack on the middle class and the working poor,” the bill’s sponsor Sen. Judy Burges said during a hearing on it in 2012. “The primary goal of Agenda 21 is to create social engineering of our citizens and it will impact every aspect of our daily lives.”

David Frum pleads with his fellow Republicans to “Ditch the Agenda 21 Tinfoil Hat Brigade” and taps Rob Sisson of ConservAmerica, the former mayor of a small city, to respond. Sisson writes:

Have we entered some parallel universe where saving tax dollars and conserving natural resources has become a UN plot against American liberties?

Apparently so.

In 1992, President George H. W. Bush signed the U.S. onto a non-binding United Nations agreement called Agenda 21. The agreement is hardly more than a list of ways that local communities can better conserve natural resources. The general header for such practices is “sustainability.”

Sisson outlines several ideas from Agenda 21 that he implemented as mayor of Sturgis, Mich., “saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Yet Glenn Beck, the John Birch Society, and various tea party groups have condemned “Agenda 21″ as a globalist conspiracy to destroy America. And state legislators are listening.

… Lowering costs and conserving resources is always a good idea – even if the UN agrees. Can we all please get real?

Nope. Getting real is not an option when it comes to the United Nations because 60 million fans of the Left Behind series “know” that the UN exists only to pave the way for the Antichrist and his one-world government. And unfortunately for reasonable conservatives like Sisson and Frum, those 60 million Left Behind fans are also Republicans, having been taught that the Democratic Party is, like the UN, just another precursor to the imminent OWG.

2. Tennessee man quits job over three-digit sequence on tax form.

Thanks to Kevin S. and Benjamin C. for alerting me to this one. Bob Smietana has the story for The Tennessean:

Walter Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville (Tenn.) after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number 666.

The Bible calls 666 the “number of the beast,” and it’s often used as a symbol of the devil. Slonopas said that after getting the W-2, he could either go to work or go to hell.

“If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil,” he said.

Math can be confusing. Even simple arithmetic can be tricky. But this isn’t math or arithmetic — this is just counting. Every time we count from 1 to 1,000 we will use the number 666. Not because of Satan, but because of our base-10 number system.

Walter Slonopas just quit his job because he works for a company with more than 665 employees and because he does not know how to count to 1,000.

And also because he’s been fed a stream of paranoid, self-righteous, contra-biblical lies by someone masquerading as a Christian pastor. That’s where the blame for this lies. The jackwagon in the pulpit of Slonopas’ church has a millstone reserved with his name on it.

Smietana is a terrific religion reporter, but he horribly bungles one aspect of this story.

For believers such as Slonopas, who take the book of Revelation literally, any tie to 666 is a betrayal of their faith.

No. No, no, no, 666 times no. Believers like Slonopas do not “take the book of Revelation literally” — they take the book of Revelation and cut it up into a thousand tiny pieces, placing those pieces into a hat along with a thousand more tiny pieces taken from Daniel, Ezekiel, parts of Matthew, the screenplay for The Omen, folklore, blood-libels, and urban legends. And then they take those pieces out of the hat one by one, stringing them into sentences to which they accord all the authority of holy scripture.

They take those fabricated sentences “literally,” but not the book of Revelation.

3. Apocalyptic Christianists influence Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings.

CUFI lobbies against Hagel appointment,” the Jerusalem Post reports. They describe Christians United for Israel as “a Christian pro-Israel group.”

And that’s true up to a point. CUFI is an expression of televangelist John Hagee’s “Bible prophecy” beliefs. So it’s “pro-Israel” in the sense that they want the nation of Israel to thrive long enough to rebuild the Temple and sign a peace treaty with the Antichrist, after which everyone in Israel must either be converted to Christianity or be slaughtered en masse.

I suppose “pro-Israel” is one way to describe that, but I think Frank Schaeffer’s description of the CUFI crowd is more accurate. He calls them “Jesus on Acid.”

4. Microchip lies recycle through Facebook.

This popped up on the Slacktivixen’s Facebook page this week, “Micro Chip Implant Coming March 23, 2013″:

This evil plan is being launched by America. its a micro chip injected in your hand. it will contain all your personal data heath and bank accounts etc. its also a GPS device being monitored. they can deactivate it at any time if they find you suspicious or not loyal to their government or go against them or their system and you will lose everything you ever had. soon this device will be made common just like they did credit cards, turning paper money into digital money. means nothing is physically in your hand. it will be made a must for every citizen with time according to their plan and then they will spread it outside America so they can monitor and control as many people as they can and turn them into slaves with their digital technologies.

The heroic folks at Snopes do a great job of debunking this, as well as of tracing how this lie (it’s too intentionally crafted to call it a legend) was assembled.

Bookmark that Snopes link. You may need it as we get closer to this imaginary March 23 deadline.

Oh, and the high-school classmate of the ‘vixen’s who passed along this lie? He’s a state trooper. So be careful out there on Pennsylvania’s highways — there’s at least one paranoid idiot out there patrolling in uniform.

5. Christianist Islamophobia now reshaping “Bible prophecy” fantasies.

Daniel Burke has a good piece for Religion News Service on “How the ‘Islamic Antichrist’ reflects our era’s anxieties“:

Protestant Reformers picked the papacy as their embodiment of evil. American colonists chose King George III and some Cold War Christians suspected the Soviet Union was satanically led.

Now, amid threats of Islamic terrorism, a nuclear-armed Iran and tumult across the Middle East, a growing group of American evangelicals say the Antichrist will be Muslim. …

Scholars say the arrival of Islamic Antichrist prophecies was, well, predictable. …

Apocalyptic Christianity always needs an enemy, scholars say, and the Antichrist is nothing if not adaptable.

“The Antichrist idea is very responsive to changes in current events,” said Robert Fuller, a professor of religious studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. “It’s a symbol for what is most unsettling or troubling.”

Kudos to Burke for showing, throughout his piece, how the “Bible prophecy” of End Times preachers is a cultural creation projected onto the Bible and not at all anything that could be derived from a desire to “take the book of Revelation literally.”

Burke also has a sidebar piece on “Muslim views of the Apocalypse,” which is also helpful (apart from that headline, which confuses the genre of Revelation with the events attributed to it). If you’re interested in that subject, let me again recommend Gershom Gorenberg’s excellent The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount, which examines the role that site plays in apocalyptic “prophecies” of various Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups.

My favorite bit from Burke’s main article is this:

If bad theology, the Antichrist often makes for good reading, as attested by the more than 60 million copies of “Left Behind” books sold.

Prophecy may not be the best career option, however. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University closed its Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy just one year after it opened in 2002.

“It never did attract hardly any students, so we shut it down,” said Ronald Godwin, Liberty’s provost. “The students were looking for a major that would land them a career.”

I don’t think those 60 million copies sold can be attributed to “good reading” as much as to “tribally sanctioned reading” and the relative paucity thereof, but I do love the unintentionally hilarious candor of Liberty’s provost.

It seems even Liberty students agree that there’s not much of a future in believing there’s not much of a future.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Walter Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting
    LLC in Clarksville (Tenn.) after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the
    number 666.

    Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

    Why didn’t he just ask for another number? I’m sure they’d have obliged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.maki Jon Maki

    means nothing is physically in your hand

    Well, nothing except the microchip, which is literally in your hand.
    (Which still doesn’t match up with a “literal” reading about the Mark of the Beast…)

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Also, regarding Muslim Apocalyptic ideas -

    One hopes that if one of their folks writes this all up in fiction that they be more like the Christ Clone and less like Left Behind. :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/WingedWyrm Charles Scott

    Just as an asside, isn’t it 6*6*6, instead of just the sixth numeral placed three digits in a row?  Seriously, everybody who ever had 216 on their w2, lived in apartment 216, ever spent February the 16th not huddled fearfully in their church, are all, unknowingly, putting their own souls and those around them in immortal danger!

    Hopefully, popular imagining will be corrected by the year 2160, so the collective year long pant-filling of RTCs will take care of the horrific fertilizer shortage*.

    *That’s right, the fertilizer shortage.  It’s in Revelations, people!

  • Lunch Meat

    Math can be confusing. Even simple arithmetic can be tricky. But this isn’t math or arithmetic — this is just counting.
    Every time we count from 1 to 1,000 we will use the number 666. Not because of Satan, but because of our base-10 number system. Walter Slonopas just quit his job because he works for a company with more than 665 employees and because he does not know how to count to 1,000.

    Real Christians count in base 6!

  • Vermic

    You know … I love the weekly Left Behind takedowns on this blog and I’ve been following them faithfully for years.  But deep down, I’ve always been hoping that one day they would become irrelevant, because the books had become irrelevant, and therefore end.

    That a day would come when Fred would say, “Left Behind was a terrible series.  But the year is 20-umpty-something, and these books were written in the late ’90s, and they have now lost their influence and are forgotten and disregarded, except as poorly-written curiosities of a bygone era.  My labors are fulfilled.   Let us bid farewell to Messrs. LaHaye and Jenkins, seal them alongside the Jerky Boys and Battlefield Earth in the Vault of the Discarded ’90s, pour a forty on the ground above, and meet with them no more.  From this day forward, Left Behind Fridays will be replaced with [relevant topic in 20xx] Fridays.”

    But now I see, that day isn’t coming soon, is it?  If ever?

    I’m glad that Fred still gives us Left Behind Fridays.  I’m depressed that it still matters.

  • Magic_Cracker

    He’s a state trooper.

    Wait, what? A government agent is telling me not to trust the government? It’s the Liar-Tells-You-He-Always-Lies paradox! I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE!!! Help me Obi Wan Van Impe! You’re our only hope!

    …a growing group of American evangelicals say the Antichrist will be Muslim. …

    Too bad Falwell’s gone on to his reward. I think he said for the record that the Antichrist is (a) already here, (b) a Jew, (c) living in the South. Where’s an internecine bloodbath when you need one?

    Why didn’t he just ask for another number? I’m sure they’d have obliged.

    There story I saw yesterday said that it had happened once before and they did oblige, but since it happened again, he’s KNOWS it’s a conspiracy.

    Now, I have to laugh at all of this stupidity, because if I don’t I might give into my natural impulse — which same impulse I had reading comments on the “Missouri-Synod Lutherans: Interfaith action against gay people is fine, but not prayers for slain children” thread —  to take them by the collars and scream “WHAT THE MOTHERFUCK IS WRONG YOU, YOU SHITFERBRAINS SHITBIRD SHITHEAD?!?! YOU’RE MAKING YOURSELF AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU MISERABLE FOR NO REASON BUT TO FEEL SLIGHTLY KINDA SORTA MAYBE LESS MISERABLE ABOUT YOUR PATHETIC SHITSTAINED EXISTENCE!!! WAKE THE MOTHERFUCK UP ALREADY AND JOIN US IN REALITY, YOU FUCKING FUCK OF A FUCKWIT!!!!”

  • LL

    I guess I can look forward to my mother sending me some hysterical email about that microchip sometime in the next month or so. Sigh.

  • http://kingdomofsharks.wordpress.com/ D Johnston

    As Clark himself said, the books themselves are irrelevant. They haven’t been a big deal in years. The ideas, on the other hand, are evergreen. That sort of paranoia going to fade out because it’s tied into the fears associated with a complex world, and the world ain’t exactly getting simpler.

  • Katie

    More evidence that they are operating out of their own reality.  According to Fox News, the reason why solar energy has taken off in Germany is that its *practical* there.  Because Germany gets more sunshine than the East Coast of the US.  

  • Vermic

    I honestly feel sorry for whoever wrote the microchip Facebook post.  It’s probably because of the lack of capitals and punctuation, but they just sound so scared that it breaks my heart a little.  The world they imagine they’re in is such a dark, confusing, terrifying place.  I just, I dunno, want to give them a hug and reassure them that they don’t have to be afraid of this.

  • Makabit

    A friend of mine was Agent 666 at her government job because the badge number went to a gentleman who didn’t want it for ‘religious’ reasons. He asked if he could trade off, and my friend begged for it, so everyone was happy. He got to go to heaven, and she got the best badge ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobby.herrington.1 Boze Herrington

     Yes! Moar Christ Clone!

  • aunursa

    [CUFI is] “pro-Israel” in the sense that they want the nation of Israel to thrive long enough to rebuild the Temple and sign a peace treaty with the Antichrist, after which everyone in Israel must either be converted to Christianity or be slaughtered en masse.

    I attended a CUFI presentation at a church (the audience was mostly Christians but included a few Jews) in which their regional director explained CUFI’s history, goals, and motives.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time on their website and I’ve monitored their Facebook page.  And I haven’t seen any evidence to support this assertion that one reason CUFI is pro-Israel is in order for Israel to play its role in the Christian end-times prophecies.

    Learn Why Christians Should Support Israel

    Now maybe they have secret documents and communications that they hide from their website and their Facebook communiques, documents that are intended only for the Christian members telling them “the real reason to support Israel.”  But I doubt it.

  • Cathy W

    Can you say the books are irrelevant when they’re soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage, or at least with the camera pointed at him more than just about anyone else?

  • Magic_Cracker

    Ooh! Ooh! Call it “Face of the Prophet,” and feature a Muhammad clone.

  • Carstonio

    placing those pieces into a hat along with a thousand more tiny pieces
    taken from Daniel, Ezekiel, parts of Matthew, the screenplay for The Omen, folklore, blood-libels, and urban legends.

    Don’t forget heavy metal albums. During the Iraq war, someone on a metal board joked that the number of the beast was 202-456-1414. My response? “Not a fan of George W. Bush, I presume.” But I imagine that Tea Partyers would not say that as a joke.

  • http://jesustheram.blogspot.com/ Mr. Heartland

    “The primary goal of Agenda 21 is to create social engineering of our citizens and it will impact every aspect of our daily lives.”

    Right, and mandating that businesses have X number of parking spots while building freeways straight through a city’s guts are what exactly?  Does a boy raised by wolves have a natural instinct to live in a cul-de-sac thiry miles from downtown? 

    The day will soon come when there will be nowhere within the borders of these states where you can run and hide from Those People.  If that’s your idea of apocalypse then I see no reason for the rest of us to worry about you. 

  • http://flickr.com/photos/sedary_raymaker/ Naked Bunny with a Whip

    I just want to know when my phone is going to get one of these mass-produced microchips that can receive GPS signals, can upload and download data over ubiquitous wireless connections, and don’t require any antennae or use any battery power.

  • http://jesustheram.blogspot.com/ Mr. Heartland

    Does the ‘Pope as eternal Antichrist’ idea still have any juice?  Some small sick part of me wishes that my people were still seen as the alien within.  I feel as if I’ve slept through some terrific romance. 

    (In all honesty I don’t mean to downplay the suffering of Muslims or any other scapegoated minority.  Much less suggest that I envy them.)  

  • aunursa

    Seriously, everybody who ever had 216 on their w2, lived in apartment 216, ever spent February the 16th not huddled fearfully in their church, are all, unknowingly, putting their own souls and those around them in immortal danger!

    In the Left Behind series, Nicky’s airplane is the Condor 216.

    And the region codes assigned to each of the ten regions are based on arithmetic equations that involve three 6′s. For example, the code for the United North American States is -6 (which is derived from the equation 
    (6 – 6) – 6 = -6. The code for the United Indian States is 42, which is derived
    from (6 * 6) + 6 = 42.

  • Magic_Cracker

    I think the Pope could still get in on the action as an Associate Antichrist, or Assistant to the Regional Antichrist. If there’s one think history’s greatest monster is going to need to know how to do, it’s delegate.

  • Worthless Beast

    I am sad to think that the books are presently, and may go down *historically* as Word of Dante.  http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WordOfDante

    Yes, that’s a TV Tropes link, but if you’re in the Northwest, you’re going to be kept inside by bad weather anyway, so you might as well make the most of it. 

    Dante’s words, themselves, have lasted in the cultural conciousness a long, long time…

  • Worthless Beast

    Er, Northeast.  Why did I type Northwest?  My direction-dyslexia is acting up again.

  • Vermic

    For what it’s worth, my coworker thinks the next pope after the current one will be the Antichrist.

    (Or at least that’s what he thinks today.  He’ll change his theory if/when the radio programs he listens to change theirs, no doubt.)

  • SkyknightXi

    Why are fundamentalists so reluctant to acknowledge that 616/666 was a gematria code for Nero(n) Caesar used precisely because John was trying to circumvent the Imperator’s censors? What strikes them (and/or struck Darby) as blasphemous or the like about that idea?

  • connorboone

    I distinctly remember, growing up in Orange County, reading about Mondex and its association with the Mark of the Beast in one of my social studies textbooks.  I think it was 4th grade.  They made sure to mention that ‘some people’ were worried about the theological implications of Mondex being an anagram for Demon X.

    So, yes, the microchip Mark of the Beast was mainstream enough to be in a textbook circa 1988 or so.

  • Kadh2000

     That’s okay.  Despite you writing “Northwest” I read “Northeast” anyway. 

    -Living in the Northeast myself.

  • http://jesustheram.blogspot.com/ Mr. Heartland

    Indeed indeed.  I’m all for diversity myself.  Multiple Antichristes from multiple backgrounds makes life richer for everyone. 

    I rememberfrom my boyhood in the eighties, some segments of fundie culture that hadn’t been completely absorbed into the GOP were even thowing around R-O-N-A-L-D W-I-L-S-O-N R-E-A-G-A-N as a candidate.  Antichrists have gotten way too homoginized and mainstream since then.  None of the old indie rebel spirity anymore. 

  • Magic_Cracker

    Who the fuck is Demon X? Speed Demon’s long-lost brother?

  • P J Evans

    It never did attract hardly any students

    Said by a college administrator. My brain hurts. (Using colloquial English with friends or family, you might could get away with that. But please, don’t do it if you’re speaking to reporters or in public.)

  • Magic_Cracker

    Man, I remember seeing the Antichrist open for Patti Smith at CBGB’s in ’76. Helluva show. Then he went Disco years., the monster.

  • MikeJ

    I thought the actual number was supposed to be 616.

  • BC

    The Muslims, at least the Shias, have their own apocalyptic legend – the return of the Second (I think) Imam.  So when Jesus and this Second Imam return, will that be the battle of Megiddo?   Aha, think I have found that link!

  • connorboone

    I dunno, but Agent 666 and Demon X sounds like a hell of a comic book.

  • Ben English

    That weird interpretation is an idiosyncracy of the Left Behind books. The actual manuscripts of Revelation use words or numerals. Stamping 666 on someone’s hand in AD 95 would have meant stamping DCLXVI.

  • http://www.oliviareviews.com/ PepperjackCandy

    If the 666th employee of every company with 667 or more employees quit, I wonder  how many jobs that would open up?

  • Magic_Cracker

    I like it. Agent 666 is strictly by the book (“According to book 6, section 4, subsection 12, paragraph 9b of your infernal contract…”) but Demon X plays by his own set of rules.

  • Worthless Beast

    The Antichrist through the ages thing…

    … Am I weird for always thinking that “hunting the Antichrist”  was very silly?  What I mean is… back when I was a teenager, I was *facinated* by all this eschatology stuff – it’s why I read Left Behind (to my credit, I was reading it mostly for the explosions, was dissapointed when said explosions were pre-empted by technobabble, and gave up on it upon giving up on seeing any female with more substance than a Barbie doll).  In any case, even when I was “into” this stuff, I didn’t think L&J were real, true prophets simply because I thought “Knowing the marks of what will make the Antichrist precludes his rising in any of our lifetimes.”  Too many people today “know” what the Antichrist is “supposed to be,” and too many non-believers *know* what the Rapture is too much to be surprised by it. In fact, on any forum where atheists gather to talk about religion, it seems there is the inevitable comment of people “wishing the Rapture would happen”  so all the stupid people will go away and leave them the planet.  (Some wish it would hapen to religions to which it doesn’t even apply, too).  

    So, if this stuff actually happened, the way it is laid out in the books, too many people would be repentant and/or rejoicing (but knowing *exactly* what went on because it’s so a part of pop culture it was features on The Simpsons!), or planning a war against Heaven to get their children back… or you know, not electing or putting into power the obvious Antichrist.  I don’t think there are enough magical-Antichrist-mind-powers to erase all traces of logic.  

    If End Times Prophecy happens in any manner resembling what the “prophets” of today think… it’s not going to happen for a long, long time, I imagine. Give or take a thousand years, when we’ve buried bad theo-fiction.  

  • connorboone

    Yes… it would be a great Heroes for Hire sort of title.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Left Behind cannot be called “good reading.”

    Unless you compare it to L. Ron Hubbard’s books, at least the later ones. Which has me wondering — how much really really really bad stuff, worse than Left Behind, is quite popular and we just don’t know it? When people claim the Twilight books are the worst books ever, I have a whole slew of books to point them to that are worse, including anything by Jerry Jenkins. But now when people say the Left Behind books are the worst-ever, I have to point them to Battlefield Earth. It’s worse in every way as a book. (The Left Behind series is still worse because of its greater influence, but outside of that context, it is better than Battlefield Earth.)

    How much of the popularity of these books is due to people simply not knowing how much better stuff is out there? If you only ever ate over-boiled brussels sprouts, you’d probably think cheap hot dogs were the best food ever once you discovered them.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

     I was going to say “into the prophecy of st malachy is he?” but then I realised it can’t be that because that would be the one after the next Pope.(*)

    * Of course the Prophecies are a medieval fraud anyway.

  • SisterCoyote

     Right?! Geez, anyone who thinks the best use of that technology is to monitor RTCs is losing it; that kind of tech would market itself!

  • Tricksterson

    Considering yhe time it was written it’s actually DCLXVI so it’s letters the End Timers should be looking for, not numbers.

  • P J Evans

     Depends on the name being turned into numbers. Both numbers have been used.

  • Magic_Cracker

    Yeah. They could exact a sort of rough justice for the powerless by dragging their tormentors directly to Hell. Why, would the Adversary do this? Why, to give God a black eye, and, of course, to to fill up Hell. You know what happens then.

  • aunursa

    LB: Freeze Frame: Roll Credits
    Left Behind fails as a novel for many, many reasons, but all of its other faults — the odious lack of empathy it holds up as a moral example, its blasphemous celebration of self-centeredness masquerading as Christianity, its perverse misogyny, its plodding pace, its wooden dialogue, it fetishistic obsession with telephones, its nonexistent characterization, its use and misuse of cliches, its irrelevant tangents, deplorable politics, confused theology, unintentional hilarities, hideous sentences, contempt for craft, factual mistakes, continuity errors … its squandering of every interesting premise and its overwhelming, relentless and mind-numbing dullness — all of these seem to be failures of the sort that one might encounter in any other Very, Very Bad book hastily foisted off onto the public without a second glance.

    Any one of those faults, on its own, would have been enough to earn Left Behind a place on the Worst Books of 1995 list. The presence of all of those faults — in a single book and in such concentrated form — is more than enough to secure its place on a list of the Worst Books of All Time.

    Yet the book’s signature failure is something far simpler. Left Behind disproves the very thing it sets out to prove. It presents an inadvertent but irrefutable case for the unreality and impossibility of all of the events that Tim LaHaye claims are prophesied to occur at any moment.

    Those events are not about to occur. They never will occur. They never can occur. Don’t believe me? Go read Left Behind and see for yourself.

    That signature failure, Left Behind’s forceful refutation of itself, is what earns this book my vote as the Worst Book of All Time.

  • connorboone

    You combine it with a “God is powered by belief” thing and make sure that they occasionally take down Randian Evangelicals that use their power and privilege to drive down the poor and minorities – but they can’t drag them to Hell, because the Evangelicals have said the Magic Words…

  • Tricksterson

    Or California or the American southwest or…

  • Jessica_R

    And the really infuriating thing is that more often than not the rabidly Anti-Agenda 21 folks tend to be rabidly anti-choice too. 


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