‘Beam me up’ theology

The debate over 'LeftBehind'
The hugely popular “Left Behind” series of novels continues to frustrate mainstream pastors and biblical scholars who object to an “end-times” theology they consider just as fictional as the books’ genre. The readers are real, however. The tenth and most recent volume in the series, The Remnant, picked up 2.4 million orders in the two months before its July release.

In a little-noticed resolution passed overwhelmingly by the 2001 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), delegates declared that the theology of the series is “not in accord with our Reformed understanding” of the New Testament Book of Revelation. The resolution urged pastors to lead their congregations through studies of the novels if they are causing “confusion and dissension.”


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