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Writing the RaptureProphecy Fiction in Evangelical America$
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Crawford Gribben

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326604.001.0001

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(p.167) Conclusion
Writing the Rapture

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The conclusion provides a brief reflection on the argument of this book. It notes that evangelical prophecy fiction has complicated the narrative of American modernity by demonstrating that evangelicals are no longer a minor subculture. But it also notes that this social expansion has disguised the monochrome cultural assumptions of the novels and their implied readers. Most evangelical prophecy fiction has been written by and for white American men. But this consistent specificity of gender and race should not be allowed to obscure the ideological variety that haunts the narrative form. Evangelical prophecy fiction emerged from the high point of Protestant America, witnessed to its defeat, and participated in its eventual reconstruction and return. But in doing so, the conclusion argues, it may have reinvented American evangelicalism itself.

Keywords:   modernity, subculture, gender, race, Protestant, evangelicalism

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