L.B.: The Final Frontier

Left Behind, pp. 57-58 I’m not sure, but Steve Plank — the delusional and anti-Semitic executive editor of Global Weekly and Buck Williams’ boss — may get his name from Jesus’ parable/proverb, translated this way in the NIV: Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention [Read More…]

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L.B.: Keep an eye on the Jews

Left Behind, pp. 54-57 Here the story switches back to Buck Williams, who is proud to have been “the first passenger from his flight to reach the terminal at O’Hare.” The others apparently didn’t realize it was a race. They were slowed by the steeplechase of human misery along the way, not realizing that the [Read More…]

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L.B.: Scream 2 morality

Left Behind, pp. 50-53 Here we learn the sad fate of co-pilot Chris Smith. Ten pages earlier, Smith established himself as a villain by violating Rayford Steele’s odd notion of chivalry and accepting the airline’s offer of a bus ride back to the terminal. I noted earlier (see “Scream morality“) that: Left Behind has its [Read More…]

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L.B.: Thank heaven for little girls

Left Behind, pp. 49-54 Right. So. Where were we? While trying to find some way home from the airport, Rayford Steele checks his mail and finds an in-joke between the book’s co-authors: Besides a pile of the usual junk, he found a padded envelope from his home address. Irene had taken to mailing him little [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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