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By Amy Johnson Frykholm

ISBN-10: 0195335678

ISBN-13: 9780195335675

Within the "twinkling of an eye" Jesus secretly returns to earth and gathers to him all believers. As they're taken to heaven, the realm they depart in the back of is plunged into chaos. automobiles and airplanes crash and folks seek in useless for household. Plagues, famine, and pain stick to. The antichrist emerges to rule the area and to damage those that oppose him. eventually, Christ comes back in glory, defeats the antichrist and reigns over the earth. This apocalyptic situation is predicted via hundreds of thousands of american citizens. those hundreds of thousands have made the Left Behind series--novels that depict the rapture and apocalypse--perennial bestsellers, with over forty million copies now in print. In Rapture Culture , Amy Johnson Frykholm explores this extraordinary phenomenon, looking to comprehend why American evangelicals locate the assumption of the rapture so compelling. what's the mystery at the back of the amazing acclaim for the apocalyptic style? One solution, she argues, is that the books supply a feeling of id and communal belonging that counters the "social atomization" that characterizes sleek existence. This additionally is helping clarify why they attract girl readers, regardless of the deeply patriarchal worldview they advertise. Tracing the evolution of the style of rapture fiction, Frykholm notes that at one time such narratives expressed a feeling of alienation from sleek lifestyles and protest opposed to the lack of culture and the marginalization of conservative non secular perspectives. Now, notwithstanding, evangelicalism's renewed well known charm has rendered such subject matters out of date. Left in the back of evinces a brand new include of expertise and purchaser items as instruments for God's paintings, whereas holding a protest opposed to modernity's transformation of conventional relatives lifestyles. Drawing on broad interviews with readers of the novels, Rapture Culture sheds mild on a mind-set that's little understood and much extra universal than many folks think.

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The meaning they make from these experiences and from this contact varies widely and shifts with the passage of time. In order to understand the broad appeal of the rapture, and of its particular manifestation in Left Behind, we need to think in fluid and shifting categories. The boundary model may not be the best one for understanding the subjectivity of readers of Left Behind, their form and continual re-creation of American evangelicalism, and their participation and influence in American culture.

In an atmosphere where conservative Protestants sensed a loss of cultural control, the doctrine of the rapture promised an escape. In a complex and confusing social arena, the rapture divided saved from unsaved. As a vivid story of justification, the rapture became a way for these Christians to reject a disorienting new social terrain. The Antichrist, the suffering of the tribulation, and the battle at Armageddon were all the just desserts of a corrupt modern world and the logical end of modernity’s godless ways.

38 I would argue, however, that this nebulous group of which Boyer speaks should be understood not as vulnerable to popularizers like Timothy LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, but rather as active participants in the creation and use of dispensational premillennialism in contemporary life. ” Perhaps Left Behind forces us to confront evangelicalism as a central part of American culture, not hidden away in a marginalized subculture, but fully engaged in creating and sustaining “general” popular culture.

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