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Skipping Towards Armageddon: The Politics and Propaganda of the Left Behind Novels and the LaHaye Empire [Paperback]

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The most effective message yet found by the hijackers of mainstream religion is Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series of apocalyptic Christian novels. This wide-ranging study examines the books and the empire behind them. Author Michael Standaert contextualizes the Left Behind phenomenon by probing millennial thinking across cultures, from pre-Christian times to the present, and tracing the evolution of militant evangelism in the U.S., uncovering the links between fundamentalist religious figures and mainstream right-wing politicians through organizations like the Moral Majority. Skipping Toward Armageddon rips the lid off the Left Behind books' ideological underpinnings, showing how LaHaye uses them to advance the foreign and domestic policy goals Religious Right, from fomenting Middle East violence to promoting homophobia and xenophobia. The book is a timely cautionary tale, revealing that these best-selling books are not simply harmless thrillers written from an evangelical Christian perspective but a tool in a fanatical group's agenda.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 10, 2006
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  1932360964  
ISBN13  9781932360967  

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Good book, needs a proofreader  Aug 12, 2008
I found this an interesting and well researched book. However, it had numerous proofreading errors that were very distracting.
Complete Nonsense  Apr 9, 2008
This book is complete nonsense. Perhaps instead of looking at Tim LaHaye as a villain and thinking he wants people in the Middle East dead, it might be better to look at the author's agenda which is to label people who believe in Christ as "war mongers." Clearly the author doesn't understand Christianity at its core or the teachings of Jesus.

Perhaps the author should have taken the time to read the Book of Daniel and The Book of Revelation to have a better view of end-time beliefs.

The wonderful thing is that the God we believe in absolutely believes in the freedom to choose. You can choose to believe or not. However, our ability to believe or not doesn't change truth.
Illuminating Racial Bias  Oct 23, 2007
Though it starts a bit haltingly, "Skipping" eventually hits its stride and provides an illuminating look at the author biases behind the popular Left Behind series. Of particular interest are the noted passages both in-book (Left Behind main character Buck opinions that all Jewish people look alike) and out-book (La Haye gives an interesting interview in which he retreads the tired old line that Jewish people have intelligence but no physical strength) wherein people of color (Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, Asians, and the list goes on) are marginalized and stereotyped. If you are a fan of the Left Behind series, I highly recommend checking out this book to see La Haye's racist sub-text behind Jenkin's prose.
The content of this book was interesting and well sourced if a little bit repetitive and heavy-handed. However, the printed text was riddled with numerous typos--sometimes as many as 2 or 3 per page! I can only assume that this is the fault of the publisher and not the author. Don't read this book if typos drive you crazy!

Author: 4 stars
Publisher: 1 star
Unlikely to convince "true believers," but impressive marshalling of facts  Jun 4, 2007
A very well researched--might even say exhaustively so--work about the incredibly popular Left Behind series. Standaert delivers an impressive analysis of the dispensationalist, fundamentalist mentality that pervades this book and so much of modern popular Christian culture. He does a great job of exposing many of the hidden assumptions of the series such as its pervasive violence, nihilism, intolerance and anti- mentality (anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti"moderate Christian, etc.). Apologists who would argue that such devices are just literary license to tell a story should bear in mind that without the violence, bigotry and hatred espoused by LaHaye and Jenkins in the books, there would be no story to tell.

This book more properly deserves 3.5 stars, but I went with 4 since 3 would seem like damning with faint praise. There are a couple deficiences that when known make the book more readable. First, the organization tends to be a little slipshod. The chapters read more like a group of essays rather than a cohesive monograph; as a result it often seems like Standaert is trodding over the same ground from chapter to chapter. Second, due to this lack of organization his analyses a) often come across as personal attacks on LaHaye rather than objective conclusions, b) don't really speak to those who may have sympathies towards LaHaye et al's brand of Christianity, even fleetingly, but who need to be convinced more compellingly. Such people may be inclined to see Standaert as vindicating LaHaye's paranoia and misplaced literalism (some further explanation of the author's own spiritual inclinations may have helped delineate his points). Those who do not believe in this type of millennialism will find an impressive array of facts to respond to LaHaye's supporters.

Third, there are small typos and misspellings that may drive those so inclined to notice such things crazy--e.g. referring to German chancellor Helmut Kohl as "Kohn."

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