By Glenn W. Shuck

The Left Behind sequence through Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins has turn into a well-liked tradition phenomenon, promoting an surprising forty million copies so far. those novels, written by way of recognized evangelical Christians, depict the reviews of these "left at the back of" within the aftermath of the Rapture, while Christ gets rid of actual believers, leaving every person else to endure seven years of Tribulation lower than Satan's proxy, Antichrist.

In Marks of the Beast, Shuck uncovers the explanations in the back of the books' unparalleled charm, assessing why the novels have completed a standing in the evangelical neighborhood even more than Hal Lindsey's 1970 blockbuster The past due nice Planet Earth. It additionally explores what we will be able to study from them approximately evangelical Christianity in America.

Shuck unearths that, mockingly, the sequence not just displays modern tendencies inside of conservative evangelicalism but in addition encourages readers—especially evangelicals—to include ideas that enact, instead of interact, their fears. such a lot strikingly, he indicates how the last word imaginative and prescient positioned forth through the sequence' authors inadvertently undermines itself because the sequence unfolds.

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