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Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America

Amy Johnson Frykholm

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195159837
eISBN:
9780199835614
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159837.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Examines the readership of the contemporary best-selling series Left Behind, drawing on a qualitative study of readers. Rapture Culture asks what role an anti-worldly theory like dispensationalism ... More


 “Already Decided and Carrying a Weapon!”: The Political Terrors of Being Left Behind

Jason C. Bivins

in Religion of Fear: The Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195340815
eISBN:
9780199867158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340815.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

John Casey

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195092950
eISBN:
9780199869732
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Christianity from its earliest times taught the existence of heaven and hell as places where good and evil deeds in this life were judged, rewarded and punished. In the course of time ideas both of ... More


Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Cornelia D. J. Pearsall

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book explores Tennyson’s representation of rapture, or being carried away, as a radical mechanism of transformation—theological, social, political, or personal—and as a figure for critical ... More


Scoring in Heaven

John Casey

in After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195092950
eISBN:
9780199869732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter explores the gap that opened up in the twentieth century between theologians and popular religion. It looks at the confident beliefs about the future life of Mormons; the optimism of the ... More


VICTORIAN RAPTURE

Cornelia Pearsall

in Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter Two examines Tennyson’s dramatic monologue “St. Simeon Stylites” from several angles. The first section, “Victorian End Times,” places St. Simeon’s desire for rapture in the context of ... More


ULYSSES AND THE RAPTURE OF TROY

Cornelia Pearsall

in Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter Four engages in a detailed reading of Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” described as the prototypical Victorian dramatic monologue. The first section, “The Character of the Homeric Statesman,” ... More


TITHONUS AND THE PERFORMANCE OF MASCULINE BEAUTY

Cornelia Pearsall

in Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines “Tithonus” in the context of Tennyson’s “Oenone,” and of his early poems representing Tithonus’s son, Memnon. In studying the phenomenon of masculine beauty in a cluster of ... More


TITHONUS, TIRESIAS, AND THE POLITICAL COMPOSITION OF THE SONG-BUILT CITY

Cornelia Pearsall

in Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195150544
eISBN:
9780199871124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the civic ambitions of the speakers of Tennyson’s dramatic monologues “Tithonus” and “Tiresias,” in particular, their relationship to Victorian aristocratic ideology. Pearsall ... More


The Rapture in America

Amy Johnson Frykholm

in Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195159837
eISBN:
9780199835614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159837.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Examines the history of the idea of the rapture in American Protestantism and argues that belief in the rapture, although it has fundamentalist origins, needs to be understood as a much broader ... More


“I'm a Survivor and He's a Survivor”

Amy Johnson Frykholm

in Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195159837
eISBN:
9780199835614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159837.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter trains its attention on the role that gender plays in how readers interact with Left Behind. It begins with female readers’ denial that gender is important to their reading of the books ... More


Witness to the Apocalypse

Amy Johnson Frykholm

in Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195159837
eISBN:
9780199835614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159837.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The primary work that readers ascribe to Left Behind is evangelistic. This chapter describes how readers speak of that evangelistic work and the urgency that they believe the rapture narrative gives ... More


Global civil society: myth or reality?

Frederick Powell

in The politics of civil society: Neoliberalism or Social Left?

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861347640
eISBN:
9781447303947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861347640.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Organizations

This chapter analyses the idea of ‘the social’ in a globalised world. It explores the challenges to civil society of world poverty, as a global social policy issue. It discusses how conservative ... More


Plotting Apocalypse: Reading, Agency, and Identity in the Left Behind Series

Jennie Chapman

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039034
eISBN:
9781621039891
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039034.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The Left Behind series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have been instrumental in disseminating and popularizing ‘rapture theology’ in the contemporary period, selling some 65 million copies ... More


Introduction

Jennie Chapman

in Plotting Apocalypse: Reading, Agency, and Identity in the Left Behind Series

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039034
eISBN:
9781621039891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039034.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The introduction examines the extraordinary popularity and influence of the Left Behind series in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It explores the place of Left Behind within ... More


Conclusion: Both Now and Not Yet: Reading in the Shadow of the Rapture

Jennie Chapman

in Plotting Apocalypse: Reading, Agency, and Identity in the Left Behind Series

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039034
eISBN:
9781621039891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039034.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The conclusion offers some remarks on the prequels and sequel to the main Left Behind series in order to speculate on how rapture fiction as a popular genre might develop in the future, and how these ... More


Mark IV and Apocalyptic Film

Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke

in Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814753248
eISBN:
9780814765357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814753248.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on Russ Doughten and Don Thompson, who are credited with developing a whole new genre, the apocalyptic or Christian horror picture. Some of their successful works include Future ... More


The Evangelical Messianic Faith and the Jews

Yaakov Ariel

in An Unusual Relationship: Evangelical Christians and Jews

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814770689
eISBN:
9780814762936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814770689.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the messianic faith that served as the theological basis for, and the driving force behind, the evangelicals' relationships with the Jews. For the most part, evangelical ... More


Instructing Christians and Jews: Evangelical Missions to the Jews

Yaakov Ariel

in An Unusual Relationship: Evangelical Christians and Jews

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814770689
eISBN:
9780814762936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814770689.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter analyzes the extensive missionary efforts that have been a major venue for evangelicals to establish contact with and approach the Jews, and to instruct the Jews about what they have ... More


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