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Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America

Amy Johnson Frykholm


Examines the readership of the contemporary best-selling series Left Behind, drawing on a qualitative study of readers. Rapture Culture asks what role an anti-worldly theory like dispensationalism plays in contemporary evangelicalism when evangelicals have gained increasing social and political power. The book argues that apocalyptic stories are a form of social relationship. They shape identity not only through agreement and a sense of belonging, but also through disagreement and dissent. The most urgent message of the rapture for readers of Left Behind is that the end of time could come soon ... More

Keywords: Evangelicalism, Rapture, Apocalypticism, Left Behind, Dispensationalism, American Protestantism, Reading, Popular fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195159837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195159837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Johnson Frykholm, author
Colorado Mountain College