The Margins of <i>Left Behind</i>'s Readership

Amy Johnson Frykholm

in Rapture Culture

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159837
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835614 | DOI:
 The Margins of Left Behind's Readership

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While the core of Left Behind’s readership is evangelical and white, the popularity of the books has seeped far beyond these boundaries. This chapter explores the response to Left Behind by non-evangelical readers or by readers who struggled to place themselves easily within contemporary evangelicalism. It argues that the series is persuasive as “truth” to those who are already convinced. It is far less convincing to those who stand outside its central doctrines. At the same time, those on the margins of Left Behind’s readership use the books in creative ways to make sense of their own lives and religious realities.

Keywords: Left Behind; Non-evangelical readers; Popular fiction; Evangelicalism

Chapter.  10511 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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