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Making Prophecy Live

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/10.1093/0195159837.003.0007
 Making Prophecy Live

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Focuses on ways that readers use the texts to make prophecy—what they saw as biblical truth—come alive for them. Readers repeatedly report that the novels make difficult or obscure biblical texts, especially those in Revelation, come alive through mental pictures or visual images. Fiction opens up a road into truth because it frees the imagination to participate in the creation of truth. Readers vary greatly in how much fiction they allow into their making of the “truth,” but nearly all see fiction as a potential, but not absolute, vehicle of truth. Oddly, however, this securing of biblical truth through fiction is combined with an anxiety about individual salvation and whether or not the reader will be left behind. The story of the rapture provides readers with both tools and fears they use to construct religious meaning.

Keywords: Prophecy; Left Behind; Religious fiction; Revelation; Salvation

Chapter.  10220 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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