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Learning from Left Behind? A Call for Coherent Accounts of Scripture

Brock Bingaman

This article explores key theological themes that inform the popular fiction series Left Behind, and argues that these dispensational doctrines are subverted by a canonical or holistic reading of Scripture. The essay begins with an intriguing illustration taken from the first of twelve volumes in the Left Behind series. The second part explains dispensational theology, and the third section recounts the historical development of dispensational theology, with particular focus on its founder John Nelson Darby. The fourth part analyzes the appeal of dispensational theology. It then undermines that appeal, makes an initial attempt at presenting a more appealing alternative, and assesses that alternative in relation to dispensationalism.

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