Magazine article New Internationalist

The Profits of Doom [Left Behind Series]

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Profits of Doom [Left Behind Series]

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At the dawn of a new millennium, the Western World is reeling from the chaos caused by decreased social spending, mind-achingly dumb politics, computer viruses, spam, reality-TV programmes and the grinding juggernaut that is Europop. The situation has got so bad that it has prompted some to feel that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are saddling up for what Christian evangelist cowboys might call 'The Big Ride'.

But rather than hunker down in terror at the possibility of a world sliding towards the biblical 'End of Days', millions of people are eagerly gearing up to celebrate this big holy barbecue in spirited fashion.

How else are we to interpret the jaw-dropping success of the Christian fundamentalist storybooks known as the Left Behind series?

Having eschewed papyrus for virgin pulp, the Christian Right in the US is in rapture over the enormous success of the series, which describes a world enslaved by the former Secretary General of the UN (the Antichrist of course). …

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