Chapter

Praying for the End of the World: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Apocalyptic Media

in Shaking the World for Jesus

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226326795
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226326801 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226326801.003.0007
Praying for the End of the World: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Apocalyptic Media

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The apocalyptic films discussed in this chapter draw on science fiction and horror film conventions, but their producers contend that they are simply using drama to show something that will really happen, that is, the rise of the Antichrist and the end of the world. Both Christian scientific films and apocalyptic films have sought out wide audiences beyond the evangelical market. With both kinds of films, as with other kinds of Christian media, it is seen that the wider the desired audience, the more carefully tempered the evangelical message will be. To produce their own countermedia, evangelicals have repeatedly drawn on previously existing forms, often turning them completely on their ear, as in antimarijuana reggae songs or rock tunes advocating submission to parents.

Keywords: apocalyptic films; science fiction; drama; Christian scientific films; evangelicals

Chapter.  13710 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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