Are you ready (to buy a T-shirt)?


See, here’s the plan: you put on your spiffy new Left Behind T-shirt and matching baseball cap with the lofted embroidery and everyone will see that question, “Are You Ready?” and be intrigued. They’ll come up to you — friends, relatives, neighbors, strangers on the bus, all the popular kids at your school — and they’ll ask you, “Ready for what?” And then you can share the gospel with them. [Read more...]

NRA: The only thing worse than the Antichrist


Tim LaHaye’s End Times scheme is entirely dependent on his replacement theology. In LaHaye’s scheme, Jews are damned and deserve only damnation unless they say the magic prayer and convert to real, true Christianity. The character of Tsion Ben-Judah is the personification of this theology, but it’s not just Tsion and it’s not just the awkward plotting and incoherent world-building of Jenkins’ border-crossing set piece. It’s everywhere in these books. [Read more...]

Let’s all watch the trailer for the new ‘Left Behind’ movie


Let’s all watch the new trailer for the “Left Behind” reboot. Oh, and also too, let’s plan on getting back to poor Buck and Tsion in the magic school bus and resuming our journey through the neverending story of the Last Days. [Read more...]

‘Apocalyptabuse’ and funny stories about death


Rapture ideology, I believe, is a product of anxiety about death. It’s a way of coping with the fear of death by denying its inevitability, inventing a way that some special few of us will get to escape it. [Read more...]

There’s a Tim LaHaye reader born every minute


This is Tim LaHaye’s umpteenth book of charts, graphs, timelines and checklists in which he purports to help readers of Revelation decipher the impenetrable mystery of what that book might possibly mean when its speaks cryptically of “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” [Read more...]

‘They haven’t changed their lives in any way’


“You go see the Transformers movies, and you’re like, ‘So … the world has experienced massive robot battles and invasion ships in multiple American towns, and then every time a new Transformers movie starts, they’re just back to where they started.’ … They’re aware that it happened, but they haven’t changed their lives in any way [Read more...]

‘Left Behind’ teaser trailer doesn’t look good, but it looks better than the book


The filmmakers don’t seem to be expecting much of an audience apart from those already well-acquainted, or exclusively acquainted, with its End-Times, Rapture-mania ideology. For all their hopes that casting Nic Cage and a bunch of other semi-famous “real” movie stars might draw a larger audience, the producers don’t seem to be trying to reach that larger audience here. Instead they seem to be begging the Real True Christian fans of the books to find that audience for them by inviting their “unsaved” friends as a form of witnessing. [Read more...]

HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ may doom new remake of ‘Left Behind’


“The Leftovers” looks interesting. Whether or not it turns out to be any good, it’s an HBO show, so it’s going to generate some buzz. People will be talking about it — and talking about the questions it raises — all through July, August and September. What would that be like? What would you do? How would you react? What would happen to …? [Read more...]