This week in End Times mania: Confusing ‘Left Behind’ with reality


Some people have a hard time telling the difference between the Bible and the biblical fan-fiction concocted by Darby, Scofield, Lindsey, LaHaye, Hagee, et. al. And it seems those same people have an even harder time telling the difference between this fiction and reality. These folks have been busy this week. [Read more...]

NRA: Cater to their feelings


The lesson here seems to be, roughly, “Husbands, cater to her feelings and make her think you’re really listening when your wife talks about … oh, you know … whatever it is that wives talk about when they talk about all that woman-ish stuff.” [Read more...]

Jerry Jenkins tramples Yog’s Law, starts ‘Christian’ pay-to-publish vanity racket


“Those applying to [Jerry Jenkins'] Published program must submit part of their manuscript for evaluation. If accepted, they follow a six-month course — costing just under $10,000 — that includes mentoring by a published author. … There will be a surcharge for manuscripts over 75,000 words.” [Read more...]

NRA: You know who else was an evil, homicidal tyrant?


How does Godwin’s Law apply to a story about the Antichrist? In Tim LaHaye’s “Bible prophecy” mythos, the Antichrist will be a global dictator and tyrant and the epitome of evil. The Antichrist, LaHaye insists, will be the cruelest and most evil leader the world has ever known. Worse than even you-know-who. [Read more...]

NRA: Winners and losers


The portrayal of villains is another place where storytelling and theology inevitably intersect. What is evil? What is sin? What is wickedness? Is it the opposite of good, or the absence of good? Does it lie more in its ends or in its means? Your ideas about all of those questions will shape how you portray your uber-villains. [Read more...]

NRA: One tough coroner


Let’s just assume that the coroner was not killed in the nuclear attack on the city, that the coroner’s downtown office was not damaged, that the phone lines and power for the office continue to function as they did before the attack, that the coroner himself and all of his staff managed to make their way through all the debris and devastation to get to the building and that now, today — one day after the Antichrist’s military nuked the city of Chicago — the Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner is open for business during regular office hours. [Read more...]

NRA: Feeling bad


This weird ethical outlook of faith-versus-works has a disastrous effect on Jerry Jenkins’ storytelling. When deeds don’t matter, then events don’t matter either. And thus events tend to lose not just their moral significance, but their significance to the plot and to character. [Read more...]

We have our Chloe: Ashley Tisdale joins Left Behind reboot

Meet the next Chloe Steele.

If I can’t have Nic Cage as Nicolae Carpathia in the new Left Behind movie, my next pick would be Christopher Walken. Yes, I know he’s too old, but nobody else seems quite Walken enough for the part. [Read more...]