Left Behind: Religion, Technology and Flight from the Flesh by Arthur Kroker; Stephen Pfohl

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Meeting “behind closed doors, LaHaye grilled the candidate. He presented Bush with 55 Left Behind a lengthy questionnaire on issues such as abortion, judicial appointments, education, religious freedom, gun control and the Middle East. ”[18] Impressed that Governor Bush shared the Committee’s activist evangelical concerns, LaHaye expressed enthusiastic support for the candidate. S. Christian right. LaHaye is also a notable contemporary exponent of premillenial dispensationalism. ” At the conclusion of the war, the Israeli flag was placed – at least temporarily – above the sacred Muslim Dome of the Rock.

Indeed, the strand of fundamentalist Protestant theology articulated by the novels – dispensational premillenialism – has its roots in a period of enormous social change and uncertainty that bears more than a few uncanny resemblances to our own. As an apocalyptic Christian imagination of End Times, dispensationalism originated in the United Kingdom during the heyday of the British Empire. Perhaps belief in apocalyptic prophecies foreshadows the end time of the empire as well. This will be discussed in greater depth later.

2 Empire America Left Behind in a Global Context The phrase “left behind” is particularly evocative of the schizoid or bipolar character of American politics and culture in the early twenty-first century. Indeed, for vast sectors of the United States, fear of being left behind – in education, scientific and technological advancement, bodily health, and economic prosperity – oscillates with the fascinations of sitting (militarily) on top of the world. S. children today rank significantly lower than the children of other industrialized countries – particularly in reading and mathematics.

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