NRA: We’re on a mission from Gahd

We’ve got an overnight car chase with comically absurdist dialogue, jokes about cigarette lighters, and providential mayhem in the service of a divine mission. Am I just imagining this, or is proud Chicagoan Jerry Jenkins deliberately referencing “The Blues Brothers” here? [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 3: ‘Meet Buck Williams’

Wherein we first encounter the Greatest Investigative Reporter of All Time, first realize that the co-authors of these books are represented by the dual protagonists as their fantasy surrogates, and first make some weak basketball jokes. [Read more…]

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NRA: A second time through customs

The author’s explanation for this mass conversion seems to be that, prior to the Rapture, these thousands of diverse religions all taught something that was not real, true Christianity. The Antichrist’s One World Faith also is not real, true Christianity. So converting from one form of not-RTC to another form of not-RTC, the authors assume, couldn’t be that big a deal for any of these non-Christians. [Read more…]

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Bad Theology makes for bad movies: ‘Left Behind’ is a story with no place for real humans

Theology is the story of God’s relationship with humanity. The parts of that story that pertain to God will always be, at some level, speculative — marked by assertions and contentions that can never be wholly proved or wholly falsified. But the other part of theology — the part of the story that tells us about humanity, about people — is something we can verify, measure, confirm or disprove, based on our own experience and our observations of the experience of others. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 2: The denial of death

Tonight, in theaters, Nic Cage will have his fully loaded 747 on autopilot up there on the big screen, fantasizing about a woman he’s never touched while Jesus disintegrates all the real, true Christians. Let’s celebrate the occasion by revisiting an old Left Behind post from 11 years ago. [Read more…]

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‘Left Behind’: The Critics Speak (and weep, and snicker …)

Anticipation is building for the premillennial dispensationalist movie event of the year. Left Behind arrives in theaters tomorrow, but today, we get the reviews. [Read more…]

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First two reviews for ‘Left Behind’

Gannett’s Bill Goodykuntz says, “‘Left Behind’ is a terrible movie, bad in almost every way, not even qualifying as so-bad-it’s-good material.” While Elizabeth Weitzman of The Daily News calls it a “failed epic — really, an epic failure.” [Read more…]

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NRA: Prayer chain

This is like one of those time-loop paradoxes from a time-travel sci-fi story. God intervenes to compel Loretta to pray for God to intervene to save Buck. Was someone else praying for God to “prompt” Loretta to pray? And, if so, was that person praying on their own, or were they also responding to divine prompting? How many loops and layers are at work here? [Read more…]

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