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Witness to the Apocalypse

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/10.1093/0195159837.003.0008
 Witness to the Apocalypse

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The primary work that readers ascribe to Left Behind is evangelistic. This chapter describes how readers speak of that evangelistic work and the urgency that they believe the rapture narrative gives it. Then the chapter examines the possibility of conversion through the reading of fiction. Looking at the publishers’ and authors’ accounts of these conversions, how conversion is depicted in the narrative, and how readers describe their own religious conversions, this chapter suggests that religious conversion through reading Left Behind is a very rare event indeed and one that only comes about in a particular kind of supportive social environment.

Keywords: Conversion; Evangelism; Left Behind; Rapture; Witnessing

Chapter.  10263 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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