By Amy Johnson Frykholm
Within the "twinkling of an eye fixed" Jesus secretly returns to earth and gathers to him all believers. As they're taken to heaven, the realm they go away in the back of is plunged into chaos. vehicles and airplanes crash and folks seek in useless for household. Plagues, famine, and anguish stick with. The antichrist emerges to rule the area and to wreck those that oppose him. eventually, Christ comes back in glory, defeats the antichrist and reigns over the earth. This apocalyptic state of affairs is predicted by way of hundreds of thousands of usa citizens. those thousands have made the Left Behind series--novels that depict the rapture and apocalypse--perennial bestsellers, with over forty million copies now in print. In Rapture Culture , Amy Johnson Frykholm explores this impressive phenomenon, trying to comprehend why American evangelicals locate the belief of the rapture so compelling. what's the mystery in the back of the awesome approval for the apocalyptic style? One resolution, she argues, is that the books offer a feeling of identity and communal belonging that counters the "social atomization" that characterizes sleek lifestyles. This additionally is helping clarify why they attract girl readers, regardless of the deeply patriarchal worldview they advertise. Tracing the evolution of the style of rapture fiction, Frykholm notes that at one time such narratives expressed a feeling of alienation from glossy lifestyles and protest opposed to the lack of culture and the marginalization of conservative spiritual perspectives. Now, besides the fact that, evangelicalism's renewed renowned attraction has rendered such topics out of date. Left at the back of evinces a brand new include of expertise and buyer items as instruments for God's paintings, whereas preserving a protest opposed to modernity's transformation of conventional kinfolk lifestyles. Drawing on huge interviews with readers of the novels, Rapture Culture sheds gentle on a attitude that's little understood and much extra universal than many people suppose.