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Left Behind

The bestselling Left Behind novels, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins between 1995 and 2007, dramatize the premillennial view of the End Times favored by earlier generations of American fundamentalists, in which Christ “raptures” his followers to heaven before a series of apocalyptic events unfold on earth. Though the books and film adaptations continue remain popular in certain circles, other evangelicals criticize the rapture mindset for fostering an escapist mentality toward the world rather than a desire for its redemption.

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