Skipping Towards Armageddon: The Politics and Propaganda of the Left Behind Novels and the LaHaye Empire

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Soft Skull Press, May 16, 2006 - Political Science - 256 pages
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The most effective message yet found by the hijackers of mainstream religion is Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series of apocalyptic Christian novels. This wide-ranging study examines the books and the empire behind them. Author Michael Standaert contextualizes the Left Behind phenomenon by probing millennial thinking across cultures, from pre-Christian times to the present, and tracing the evolution of militant evangelism in the U.S., uncovering the links between fundamentalist religious figures and mainstream right-wing politicians through organizations like the Moral Majority. Skipping Toward Armageddon rips the lid off the Left Behind books’ ideological underpinnings, showing how LaHaye uses them to advance the foreign and domestic policy goals Religious Right, from fomenting Middle East violence to promoting homophobia and xenophobia. The book is a timely cautionary tale, revealing that these best-selling books are not simply harmless thrillers written from an evangelical Christian perspective but a tool in a fanatical group’s agenda.
  

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User Review  - xuebi - LibraryThing

An exposé of the movement behind one of the largest publishing successes in the industry, Standaert investigates primarily the politics that drive LaHaye and the Left Behind empire. He clearly shows ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

An interesting read on the Left Behind Series. I was pleased and very surprised at how well structured this was. Definitely a refreshing look back on the Series. Standaert made me literally stand up ... Read full review

Contents

NO PEACE TILLJESUS COMES
1
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS
25
GODS OWN MEDIA
53
ANTICHRISTS AMONG US
71
THE OCTOPUS
107
FROM THE WOMB TO THE TOMB
139
THE MILITANTJESUS
167
CONCLUSION
201
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Michael Standaert (Iowa City, IA) has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Review, Maisonneuve (Montreal),
Far Eastern Economic Review, Reason Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and Salon.com. He received an MA in European Journalism from Cardiff University.

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