[books] Fundamentally Unsound — Salon takes a look at Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series … ‘Left Behind cloaks itself in the conventions of ordinary airport thrillers, but it does far more than just provide a Christian alternative to decadent mainstream entertainment. It creates a Christian theory of everything, one that slates current events into a master narrative in which the world is destroyed and then remade to evangelical specifications. It’s an alternate universe in which conservative Middle Americans are vindicated against everyone who doesn’t share their beliefs — especially liberals and Jews.’ [via Follow Me Here]

Salon On the Left Behind Book Series

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2002 at 5:27 pm and is filed under Books, Religion.

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I live in dread that sooner or later, one of my fundamentalist relatives will give me some of these books as a present.

Heh. Consider yourself lucky. I’ve already got three of them from a evangelical colleague at work. I managed to read the first book but it was a bit of a slog. I can’t imagine how anybody could read all ten.

By the way:

“Nobody, it seems — except, of course, for the series’ millions of fans — is reading Left Behind.” — Michelle Goldberg

“Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.” — Yogi Berra


My mother gave me the first one for a birthday present. I promptly buried it under a pile of porn.

Some of my friends at work are *really* into these books. What’s really interesting is the “stunned speechless, deer-in-the-headlights” look I get when I tell them that the Left Behind series is “biblically unsound” and that the entire rapture mythology is based on a misunderstanding of a prophecy in the book of Daniel. One guy went two days without blinking when I told him that. :)

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