Enraptured By William Bowles

7 February 2005

In an essay by Bill Moyers (’There is no tomorrow’)[1], ‘doyen’ of what passes for the ‘liberal’ media in the US, we read the following:

In this past election several million good and decent citizens went to the polls believing in the rapture index.

That’s right – the rapture index. Google it and you will find that the best-selling books in America today are the 12 volumes of the “Left Behind” series written by the Christian fundamentalist and religious-right warrior Timothy LaHaye. These true believers subscribe to a fantastical theology concocted in the 19th century by a couple of immigrant preachers who took disparate passages from the Bible and wove them into a narrative that has captivated the imagination of millions of Americans.

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