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“Why the Apocalypse Will Be More Like Plan 9 Than Left Behind

Plan 9 From Outer Space

By Derek P. Gilbert
June 7, 2006

RNU.com – (Raiders News Update) Few works (including the Bible) have influenced the concepts modern Christians hold of the prophesied end times like Left Behind. The series of novels created by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins has spawned a mini-industry of apocalyptic spin-off novels and movies, and soon, a first-person shooter computer game. (I’ll leave the disturbing implications of that for another time.)

The flagship Left Behind series has sold over 75 million units to date, far and away the most successful Christian fiction titles ever. In fact, Messrs. LaHaye and Jenkins deserve a healthy share of credit for the surge in sales of Christian fiction novels over the last ten years.

How ironic, then, that a man who was arguably the worst storyteller of the last century came much closer to predicting the shape of the Apocalypse than Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Read the entire piece at Raiders News Update.

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