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Rapture CultureLeft Behind in Evangelical America$
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Amy Johnson Frykholm

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195159837.001.0001

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Making Prophecy Live

Making Prophecy Live

(p.131) 6 Making Prophecy Live
Rapture Culture

Amy Johnson Frykholm

Oxford University Press

Focuses on ways that readers use the texts to make prophecy—what they saw as biblical truth—come alive for them. Readers repeatedly report that the novels make difficult or obscure biblical texts, especially those in Revelation, come alive through mental pictures or visual images. Fiction opens up a road into truth because it frees the imagination to participate in the creation of truth. Readers vary greatly in how much fiction they allow into their making of the “truth,” but nearly all see fiction as a potential, but not absolute, vehicle of truth. Oddly, however, this securing of biblical truth through fiction is combined with an anxiety about individual salvation and whether or not the reader will be left behind. The story of the rapture provides readers with both tools and fears they use to construct religious meaning.

Keywords:   Prophecy, Left Behind, Religious fiction, Revelation, Salvation

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