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Religion of FearThe Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism$
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Jason C Bivins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340815.001.0001

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 “Already Decided and Carrying a Weapon!”

 “Already Decided and Carrying a Weapon!”

The Political Terrors of Being Left Behind

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Religion of Fear

Jason C. Bivins (Contributor Webpage)

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The last of the case studies documents the vast popularity of the apocalyptic thrillers, Left Behind. Coauthored by long‐standing New Christian Right architect Tim LaHaye, these books use a dispensational premillennialist framework to pronounce judgment on a sinning America by projecting the fates of sinners “left behind” after the Rapture. Using narrative strategies lifted from both horror and technothrillers, the authors enact their political sensibilities by situating long‐standing Christian Right social concerns in end‐of‐the‐world fiction. The chapter examines these themes and also surveys Christian apocalypticism, Christian publishing, and the political history of Tim LaHaye.

Keywords:   Left Behind, Tim LaHaye, evangelical fiction, dispensationalism, Rapture, New Christian Right

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