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Reading the Signs of the Times

Amy Johnson Frykholm

in Rapture Culture

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159837
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835614 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195159837.003.0006
 Reading the Signs of the Times

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This chapter describes the way that readers use the Left Behind series to “read” and understand contemporary culture and the signs of the end of the world. Drawing on a wide range of beliefs and expectations about how the world will end, readers examine culture for signals that their understanding of the world is true. This chapter focuses specifically on technology and consumer culture as significant elements within end-times reasoning. When taken together, these cultural readings suggest that evangelical dispensationalism is taking on increasingly world-engaged forms and dispensing with its more escapist elements.

Keywords: Technology; Commodities; Prophecy; Dispensationalism; Contemporary evangelicalism; Left Behind

Chapter.  11545 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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