Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 21: ‘The evil of banality’

This is what LaHaye and Jenkins believe it means to be a Christian. This is what LaHaye and Jenkins believe it means to be a human. Hannah Arendt gave a name to this perspective: “the banality of evil.” The subject of her book, like the heroes of Left Behind, was a man primarily focused on travel arrangements. [Read more…]

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NRA: Papa is still preaching (it gets worse)

Jerry Jenkins is, for the most part, terrible at world-building and continuity. His fictional world contradicts itself repeatedly. He introduces huge changes and then forgets about them just a few pages later. But on this one point he is reliably, relentlessly consistent. The misogyny in this chapter — the contempt and disgust for women displayed here — permeates the entirety of this story and of the theology that drives it. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 20: ‘Flirting with disaster’

“Dozens of people on the plane have mysteriously disappeared. How many, exactly? And who were they? Hattie, the flight attendant responsible for those passengers, doesn’t know. Buck, the journalist reporting on the disappearances, doesn’t know.” [Read more…]

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NRA: Papa Don’t Preach 2 (a fanfic interlude)

The following is a work of fanfiction — a mash-up of two of the most appalling things I have ever read: Chapter 14 of Nicolae and Chapter 5 of the book of Numbers (which I quote from here in the New King James translation preferred by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins). This is my idea of how this passage in Nicolae might have read if Rayford Steele stuck to a truly biblical view on abortion. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 19: ‘Email MacGyver’

A more observant passenger on Rayford Steele’s plane might’ve noticed that no one with alcohol in their system was among the disappeared. “That explains it! It explains why all the children were taken! It’s the alcohol, the alcohol will protect you!” Then you can imagine everybody clamoring for a drink to ensure their safety before the next wave of abductions hits. [Read more…]

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NRA: Papa don’t preach

Regardless of what one thinks about abortion, this scene doesn’t contribute to the conversation about it in any constructive way. It’s an exercise in tribal affiliation rather than an argument designed or intended to persuade. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins are writing here for an audience they assume already is — and must be — anti-abortion. Those readers do not need to be convinced that abortion is immoral, and LaHaye and Jenkins aren’t trying to convince them of that here. Their point, rather, is to convince those readers that Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins share their opposition to abortion. The point is to convince readers that LaHaye and Jenkins are unassailably part of the anti-abortion tribe. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 18: ‘My favorite character so far’

‘We never hear again from the two-dimensional “drunk businessman.” But unlike Buck, Hattie or Rayford Steele, he looked upon this still-unfolding horror and disaster and seemed genuinely horrified. Unlike our heroes, the drunk at least seems to give some thought to someone other than himself — to recognize that the suffering and death he sees represents something more than an inconvenient delay in his own schedule.’ [Read more…]

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The Second Seal: How can a permanent fixture be a prediction of the future?

But whatever you make of the rest of the book, I just can’t see how Revelation 6:3-4 can be read as a foretelling of the future. The rider on the red horse — war — isn’t some dreaded figure whose arrival will come in the distant future. He lives here. He’s always lived here. [Read more…]

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