Mary Miller’s The Last Days of California exactly captures an important aspect of the sort of rapture-ready Christianity I was raised and educated in: the unwillingness to face mortality that’s probably at the root of many people’s eager embrace of an imminent apocalyptic eschatology.
The biblical story is in part one of displacement, exile, and pilgrimage. But there must be a settled location from which to be displaced and from which to go on pilgrimage. Biblical faith is, after all, incarnational: Jesus came to a specific place and time. Though sent out to the world, the apostles went to particular places like Antioch, Corinth, and Rome.