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Left Behind

Left Behind

Martin Marty | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

When movies with biblical or Christian themes (e.g., the recent Noah) get panned, one hears instant charges that they are regarded as bad simply because they treat such themes.

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Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion

Welcome to the HuffPost Religion Podcast All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All Together offers a unique perspect...

Left Behind: Rupture in the Rapture!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 10.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

"Left Behind" may be the most boring post-apocalyptic movie ever made. Only the irritatingly preachy messages delivered by wooden characters threaten to detract from the glacial speed with which the plot develops.

Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

Zack Hunt | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While the idea of believers being "caught up in the air" is mentioned, it is metaphorically describing the Second Coming. Paul is not claiming, nor even implying that Christians will disappear before all hell breaks loose on earth. In fact, the very idea of the rapture is antithetical to the narrative of scripture.

Build an Ark for Animals: Churches Go Green

Brenda Peterson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Brenda Peterson

Bleary-eyed, I grab my bedside binoculars. Sure enough, a huge and healthy seal is resting on the floating raft we've just anchored in Seattle's Salish Sea.

Eliot Nelson

Lights! Camera! Jesus! How Christians Are Building Their Own Hollywood

HuffingtonPost.com | Eliot Nelson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

Christian filmmakers are now a force to be reckoned with, and they hope to reach beyond their religious fans to a larger, less devout audience. (Illus...

Left Behind

Craig S. Keener | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

No unambiguous passage supports Christians being "raptured" before the tribulation. The Book of Revelation describes sufferings, many of which characterize much of the world we live in. But while Revelation depicts God protecting at least some of his people from his own judgment, it nowhere mentions Christians being removed.

Apocalypse When? The End of the World in Pop Culture

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When I would complain about some trivial disappointment as a child (or even a teen -- and, really, disappointments at that age never feel as trivial as they are), my mother would say, "Well, it's not the end of the world." Fortunately, she didn't live to see contemporary pop culture.

Cash, Cats and Other Crazy Items Left Behind for New Homeowners

Carolyn McKibbin | Posted 09.24.2013 | HuffPost Home
Carolyn McKibbin

Moving is stressful. And stress can cause forgetfulness, which leads to new homeowners finding very strange things left behind in their new home, from dead cats to adult diapers or, if you're very lucky, cash.

Against Apocalypticism

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Most people probably took the Mayan Apocalypse as light-heartedly as I did, though clearly there were some who really thought the end was nigh. What worries me, however, is that this story is symptomatic of a more pathological apocalypticism that has begun to permeate American culture.

Over Half Americans Believe In Miracles

David Briggs | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Even as more people appear to be turning away from organized religion, a new study finds that the number of Americans who definitely believe in religious miracles increased 22 percent in the past two decades.

Judging THE Book By Its Cover

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The paratextual content in modern Bibles goes far beyond basic features, of course, and there appears to be no limit to the marketing creativity of publishers who continuously repackage the Scriptures.

Biblical Literalism, Secularism And American Politics

Christopher Lane | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The atrophying of our national understanding of secularism has dramatic implications for the country's well-being, including, most fundamentally, its ability to separate politics from religion.

Top Christian Stereotypes of 2011

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.01.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I thought for my final post of the year that I might share my "favorite" Christian stereotypes of the year.

Controversial Christian Video Company Releases More Games This Christmas

Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion

Video games such as "Modern Warfare," "Grand Theft Auto" and "Madden NFL" are popular among kids, teens and adults today, but how do games with a reli...

How The Rapture Would Affect Real Estate Prices

Daily Finance | Bruce Watson | Posted 07.24.2011 | Business

Scribes from Jonathan Edwards to Robert Frost have ruminated about the end of the world, but few have been willing to suggest a precise date on which ...

Preparing For Judgment Day

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you haven't seen the CDC's action plan for surviving doomsday, here's a last-minute reminder for those of you who'll like me will be Left Behind.

Why I Still Want To Be Left Behind

Brenda Peterson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
Brenda Peterson

When California preacher, Harold Camping, predicted the world would end this Saturday evening, several of my Rapture-ready friends insisted I finish reading the "Left Behind" series and make my preparations.

'Left Behind' Author Doesn't Buy May 21 Judgment Day

Bryan Maygers | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion

The author of the popular "Left Behind" book series, Tim Lahaye, has written on his website that he does not subscribe to the growing belief that May ...

Rapture And Rand: Peas In A Pod

Ellis Weiner | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Ellis Weiner

Rapture and Rand: What a couple of sexy, compelling twins! Both offer unsparing moralistic revenge fantasies. Both solicit your agreement and your endorsement in exchange for your salvation.

Believers Warn Neighbors Of Impending Doom On May 21

Posted 06.25.2011 | Religion

By Kathleen O'Brien Religion News Service (RNS) Give these billboards credit: They don't hedge their bet. Judgment Day is coming May 21, 201...

What Would End-Timers Do Without the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russ Wellen

"The Great Atomic Power" was first recorded in 1952, the year that the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The song may have provided some comfort for those listeners aware that the nuclear arms race was at its height.

As A Fundamentalist Christian, This I Was Taught to Believe

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

What follows is a collection of some of the stuff I was taught to believe. If you were raised in a similar fundamentalist Christian environment, you will readily recognize the worldview.

Actor Matthew Marsden Hides Right-Wing Political Views

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

If Matthew Marsden is really honored to hang out with anti-gay, religious-right hate mongers -- and that's who he flew halfway across the country to be with in private -- then he should do it in the light of day.

Needed: Christians Thinking Differently About the Future

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

We could see in the coming years the emergence of a new kind of eschatology -- fresh, different, wiser biblically, more mature theologically, and more responsible ethically.