[extropy-chat] left behind again

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Thu Apr 8 21:37:42 UTC 2004

The global disappearance of Christians earlier this week attributed to the 
"rapture" predicted by premillennial theologians, and the corresponding 
disappearance of Left Behind books from bestseller lists have left authors 
Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, and their publishers discouraged and 
soul-searching. They're also disappointed that they were not among the 
airplane pilots, school bus drivers, or toll booth operators taken up to 
heaven in the wink of an eye, leaving behind piles of empty clothing as 
well as chaos, terror, and inconvenience, respectively.

When asked why the rapture hurt sales of a series that would seem more 
timely than ever, Jenkins commented, "Apparently the folks who've actually 
been left behind aren't interested in reading about it. And I can see why - 
it's a real kick in the teeth for me personally. This goes way beyond 
bitter irony."


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