Tom Perrotta’s post-rapture novel, “The Leftovers,” coming to HBO
Tom Perrotta did a really good job with his post-rapture novel—as opposed to, say, the really crappy “Left Behind” series from evangelical politician Tim LaHaye—and now it looks like HBO will be adapting it for television. That’s good news, given how well HBO does, well, everything. It’s sure to be one heckuva lot better than the Nicolas Cage reboot of LaHaye’s fundagelical schadenfreude-fest.
Read about it here at the Hollywood Reporter online.
I think one of the worst things about having been raised in a fundamental Christian household is that to this day when I walk into an empty room and I expected there to be people there, my first thought is still, “Oh, shit. Everyone else got raptured and I was left behind.”
In his 1992 study of modern American apocalypse literature, When Time Will Be No More, the historian Paul Boyer marveled at the peculiar anti-intellectualism of the end-times genre. After World War II, Boyer writes, laypeople took up interpreting prophecy with enthusiasm.Self-taught theologians wrote best-sellers deciphering the Bible’s prophetic passages, self-commissioned preachers set up TV ministries, and all of them went out of their way to rail against the elitism of the seminary-trained professionals who looked down on such pursuits. Indeed, it sometimes seemed in those days as if everyone was working on a pet theory of Revelation. According to Boyer, the rapture craze amounted to a “Theology of the People”—a sort of re-enactment of the Protestant Reformation, filtered through the intensely populist political culture of the New World.
At the same time, however, the doomsday zealots loved expertise and craved credentialing. They showed what Boyer calls “a touching eagerness for intellectual respectability,” piling up great heaps of prestigious-sounding quotations and always carefully noting their own educational attainments.—
“Appetite for Destruction,” by Thomas Franks, in the Easy Chair column, December 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
This is a really great short essay about our fascination with apocalypse.
Maybe the Mayans were dyslexic?
News that World Bible Society president (and father of SoCal megachurch pastor Kenton Beshore) F. Kenton Beshore has announced that we can “reasonably expect” the rapture to occur by 2021.
Since we already knew that Harold Camping was math-impaired in his prediction of 2011, perhaps now we should investigate whether or not the Mayans were dyslexic?