Marketing the Apocalypse: Left Behind and Commercial Indulgence (Writing at Convergent Books)


I'm at the Convergent Books blog today writing about Left Behind: While it probably doesn’t need to be said, I’ll go ahead and say it. I think the fear being marketed with the appearance of holy intentions is not only completely unholy and driven primarily by commercial profit, but also betrays a perverse enjoyment of superiority over a purely evil “them.” This is the truly destructive nature of rapture theology. It pits a righteous “us” against the “left behind.” The “unbelievers.” Muslim terro … [Read more...]

Israel, the Internet, and Purging the Scapegoat


In his new book A Farewell to Mars, my pastor-at-large Brian Zahnd spends some time on the powerful theme of scapegoating. This is not my full review of the book (that's coming soon), but it is a quick riff. Because this theme struck a particular chord, considering the way people so often engage in this destructive social practice. I think we've been seeing an extreme example of scapegoating in the Israel-Gaza conflict. And I think we see it happen in smaller ways all the time - perhaps e … [Read more...]