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Blood That Cries Out From the EarthThe Psychology of Religious Terrorism$
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James Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335972.001.0001

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THE DIVINE TERRORIST

THE DIVINE TERRORIST

Religion and Violence in American Apocalyptic Christianity

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(p.88) CHAPTER 4 THE DIVINE TERRORIST
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Blood That Cries Out From the Earth
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Jones James W

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335972.003.0005

“The Divine Terrorist: Religion and Violence in American Apocalyptic Christianity.” Through an analysis of the psychological-religious themes found in the popular novels the Left Behind series, this chapter examines the connections between Christian theology and violence in American apocalyptic Christianity. The analysis reveals many important commonalities between the outlook found in the Left Behind series and that of religiously motivated terrorists from around the world. The expression of some of these themes in the rise of the religious right is also pointed out, and the violent potential of American apocalyptic Christianity is explored.

Keywords:   Left Behind books, apocalyptic Christianity, religion and violence, rapture, dispensationalism, Christian fundamentalism, religious right, Christian reconstructionism

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