Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Is the dangerous claptrap of "Left Behind" all there is?

When was the last time in recent history that Christians have made a large scale contribution to the culture at large? Historically, Christians contributed significantly in many areas of scientific advancement, the humanities, and literature. In terms of Evangelical Protestantism our most recent significant pop-culture contribution appears to be the fictional Left Behind novels. Unfortunately, its pop theology is rather dubious to say the least and the practical implications that flow from it are the exact opposite of cultural progress. Rather than progress, this type of popular Christian fiction leads to paranoia, militarism, and escapism. It seems that in the quest for cultural advancement, many Christians are being, well, left behind.

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