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Marks of the Beast: The Left Behind Novels and the Struggle for Evangelical Identity [Paperback]

By Glenn W. Shuck (Author)
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The "Left Behind" series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins has become a popular culture phenomenon, selling an astonishing 40 million copies to date. These novels, written by two well-known evangelical Christians, depict the experiences of those "left behind" in the aftermath of the Rapture, when Christ removes true believers, leaving everyone else to suffer seven years of Tribulation under Satan's proxy, Antichrist.

In Marks of the Beast, Shuck uncovers the reasons behind the books' unprecedented appeal, assessing why the novels have achieved a status within the evangelical community even greater than Hal Lindsey's 1970 blockbuster "The Late Great Planet Earth." It also explores what we can learn from them about evangelical Christianity in America.

Shuck finds that, ironically, the series not only reflects contemporary trends within conservative evangelicalism but also encourages readers--especially evangelicals--to embrace solutions that enact, rather than engage, their fears. Most strikingly, he shows how the ultimate vision put forth by the series' authors inadvertently undermines itself as the series unfolds.

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  • Publishers Weekly - 11/08/2004 page 53

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Studio: NYU Press
Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.87 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
Publisher   NYU Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0814740057  
ISBN13  9780814740057  

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Glenn W. Shuck is visiting assistant professor of religion at Williams College. In addition to a number of published essays, he is coeditor, with Jeffrey J. Kripal, of "Esalen in American Religious Culture."

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A Careful Consideration  Mar 27, 2007
I thought this book was difficult to read. I also found his attitude to be somewhat cynical regarding the fundamental beliefs of evangelicals in general. His critisms of LEFT BEHIND were well researched and carefully presented. I think his findings would have been more balanced had he presented some comparisons between evangelical writers who disagree with dispensational theology and the writers he used in his research. I would recommend it to those who want to consider the subject from a more academic point of view but for the layman trying to sort out his/her own beliefs, I did not find it helpful.
Who will stay behind? Unbelievers who dont believe in Christ  Mar 6, 2006
These stories are interesting because they talk about the end times. Of a time which i feel is coming soon in where many who don't believe in Jesus Christ will simply be left behind here on earth and it is they that will be put to the test(of the many tests that will come upon them)and that will occur once this Antichrist rises onto the world scene. Even though these stories are hypothetical all the inspiration comes from the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible talks about the End times in greater real detail. Those who stay behind will have two options, either reject the Antichrist and refuse his Mark of the beast or accept his mark and be casted into Hell by Christ's angels at the day of Judgement. In order to enter Heaven we must believe in God(Christ) and one must not accept the mark of the beast. Those who worship the beast(THE DEVIL) and those who take (the computer chip-the mark of the beast on there right hand or forehead) are doomed to go to Hell for eternity. Jesus Christ is the answer for those who buy these books. Turn to Christianity before it is way too late.
Instant mythologies of evangelical right  Apr 23, 2005
This study of the history and effect of the apocalyptic Left Behind novels takes the temperature of the contemporary religious right and the evangelical movement with its conservative ideologies dressed up in eschatology and the right wing politics of anti-modernism. The author traces the genre, and its earlier phases in the seventies, and its first success in Hal Lindsay's The Late Great Planet Earth. The unexpected success of the Left Behind series, reaching seventy million books sold, suggests commercial exploitation as much as spiritual fervor, and the portrait of the evangelicalism in its current incarnation seems a far cry from Wesleyanism, going a long way toward explaining the cultural depth or tenacity of this new major pawn in the political landscape.

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