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


I'm looking forward to HBO's The Leftovers. Creators Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof discussed the show with the Daily Beast's Marlow Stern (whose name would have been perfect for the protagonist of a novel like The Leftovers). Lindelof' does a good job explaining one of the many, many things that the Left Behind series gets wrong: The presentation of the Departure in Tom’s book is much more believable than Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind books. ... To me, the idea of, “What if a … [Read more...]

Blogging the Apocalypse


It's the end of the world!!! Well, actually, it's not. But here's a collection of several somewhat recent posts and articles pertaining to The End Times, the Last Days, and various other apocalypseseseses. • Scot McKnight, "The Relevance of the Book of Revelation" Revelation is best used when one is doing analysis of culture and society and is best put down when one wants to know what will happen in the future. In other words, Revelation is potent political theology and not speculative … [Read more...]

The ivy taps on the window pane


• The state of Iowa may well elect a U.S. senator who believes in -- and fears -- Nicolae Carpathia, the fictional Antichrist character in the World's Worst Books. Tim LaHaye's John Birch Society paranoia and ignorance about what the United Nations actually is are now so mainstream that a major party candidate for national office openly uses Left Behind as a foreign policy manual: Out here in Real World Land, Agenda 21 is a nonbinding international initiative aimed at promoting sustainable … [Read more...]

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


The Left Behind reboot arrives in theaters in a little more than four months. The first real teaser/trailer for the movie only arrived this week: The first words we hear are from Mrs. McFly as Irene Steele, talking to her daughter: "I have been praying for you to come home and I believe that that is why God brought you here." Right off the bat, then, we learn several things about this movie. First, encouragingly, it suggests the movie won't be afraid to deviate from the plot of the … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Bring Adjustment to This World


Mega-church mega-nepotism beneficiary Matthew Hagee is a "Bible-prophecy" peddler whose politics fall somewhere to the right of the tea party, but the man can sing. Here's his latest, "I Don't Want to Get Adjusted," a Southern Gospel standard by Sanford Massengale. It's pleasant enough, even despite the clumsy hook, which riffs on, and mangles Romans 12:2: Like his dad, John Hagee, and like Tim LaHaye and every other "Bible prophecy scholar," Matt Hagee embraces an otherworldly religion … [Read more...]

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


The new Left Behind movie, starring Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele, is scheduled for release on October 3. It's not a good sign that the film's producers have only recently produced actual posters promoting the release, or that five months out they still haven't cut an actual trailer. What they're offering as a "trailer" is, instead, what appears to be a low-budget segment of some Entertainment Tonight knock-off, featuring unrevealing interviews with members of the cast and … [Read more...]

NRA: Spared by death

An absurd papal bull from an absurd pope.

Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist; pp. 238-241 Buck Williams and Tsion Ben-Judah are riding through endless fields of flowers and grains the Israeli desert, chatting about what a stupendously terrific guy Buck Williams is -- brave, selfless, spiritually mature. This may seem unrealistic at first. Most people, in real life, are not greeted with such constant, effusive praise from everyone they encounter. Most people, in real life, would find it unbearably awkward to offer or to receive such … [Read more...]

NRA: Driving through the bloomin’ desert


Nicolae: Rise of the Antichrist; pp. 200-238 The mistakes in these books are large and they are many. They're the sort of thing that can clothesline a reader, smacking them clear off the page and out of the story. And yet, for millions of readers, those mistakes don't seem to have diminished their enthusiasm for the series. Those millions of readers don't even seem to have noticed these many huge mistakes. It's tempting to blame those readers for that. How can they overlook so many … [Read more...]