L.B.: There goes the neighborhood

Tim LaHaye responds to this Nick Kristof column with a letter to the editor in The New York Times: Comparing my book "Glorious Appearing" to "fundamentalist Islamic tracts" is a real stretch. The Islamic radicals who bomb the innocent are not nice people! Should Christ overlook their rebellion and welcome them into his kingdom? They [Read More...]

L.B.: Sorrow Floats

Left Behind, pp. 48-49 Rayford Steele finally reaches a pay phone and places a call to his home. He’s already read the plot summary on the back of the book and, realizing that he’s in a novel about the “Rapture,” knows that his born-again wife Irene won’t be there to answer his call: His answering [Read More...]

L.B.: Shackled

Left Behind, pg. 48 Here is the final of the “dozens of stories” Rayford Steele sees CNN report on the aftermath of the Rapture: At a Christian high school soccer game at a missionary headquarters in Indonesia, most of the spectators and all but one of the players disappeared in the middle of play, leaving [Read More...]

L.B.: Global Weekly II

A few more quibbles with David Gates' Newsweek cover story on "The Pop Prophets," Left Behind authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. One of my complaints was already voiced in the comments to the previous post. Andrew Cory noted this odd assertion in Gates' article: Left Behind gives believers an equivalent of such secular sagas [Read More...]

L.B.: Global Weekly I

Via Eric Alterman I see that the cover story of the May 24 Global Weekly Newsweek is a long profile of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins by David Gates. Gates does a good job in many ways, offering many insights into the Left Behind authors that the two men seem to have missed themselves. But [Read More...]

L.B.: Pagan Babies

Left Behind, pp. 46-48 Finally, 30 pages after the mass disappearances have occurred, Rayford Steele looks up at an airport television and the reader gets to see some scenes from the worldwide Rapture. From around the globe came wailing mothers, stoic families, reports of death and destruction. Dozens of stories included eyewitnesses who had seen [Read More...]


Via Atrios, we read Rick Perlstein's Village Voice report on a meeting between various White House staffers and representatives of the Apostolic Congress — a Pentecostal group that's pretty fringe-y and esoteric, even by Pentecostal standards. Perlstein correctly points out that this splinter-group of a splinter-group of Christians has some frightening notions of foreign policy [Read More...]

L.B.: Go to Hell

Left Behind, pp. 45-46 Untold millions are still untold Untold millions are outside the fold Who will tell them of Jesus’ love And the heav’nly mansions awaiting above? So our man Rayford Steele has finished his “emergency duty,” which consisted of walking to the terminal of O’Hare airport instead of accepting a ride. Confronted with [Read More...]