Rapture Culture : Left Behind in Evangelical America
In the 'twinkling of an eye' Jesus secretly returns to earth and gathers to him all believers. As they are taken to heaven, the world they leave behind is plunged into chaos. Cars and airplanes crash and people search in vain for loved ones. Plagues, famine, and suffering follow. The antichrist emerges to rule the world and to destroy those who oppose him. Finally, Christ comes again in glory, defeats the antichrist and reigns over the earth. This apocalyptic scenario is anticipated by millions of Americans. These millions have made the Left Behind series - novels that depict the rapture and apocalyse - perennial bestsellers, with over 40 million copies now in print. In Rapture Culture, Amy Johnson Frykholm explores this remarkable phenomenon, seeking to understand why American evangelicals find the idea of the rapture so compelling. Drawing on extensive interviews with reders of the novels. Rapture Culture sheds light on a mindset that is little understood and far more common than many of us suppose.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
- 01 Sep 2007
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About Amy Johnson Frykholm
Amy Johnson Frykholm teaches Literature, Cultural Studies, and Religion at Colorado Mountain College.
An informative, brightly written analysis of apocalyptic sentiment on the popular level. This is a most interesting book and an important contribution to the growing literature on evangelicalism. * Randall Balmer, author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America *