Mass Market Mayhem: The Conservative Discourse and Critical Function of the Left Behind Series
This thesis explores the religious and political motifs of the popular Left Behind series. The thesis argues that the texts create a specific religious identity to which the reader can relate through political actions. Chapter One discusses both the political and religious views of the main characters based upon premillennial dispensationalism and a literal interpretation of the Bible. Chapter Two focuses on the history of premillennial dispensationalism in the context of popular seminaries and mass media and how this apocalyptic belief has developed into a conservative political discourse. Chapter Three contextualizes the fictional series with other famous American political fictions like Uncle Tom’s Cabin and George Lippard’s The Quaker City. The final conclusion recognizes the series as a byproduct of capitalism where a specific commodity, in this case, a fictional series, produces religious beliefs supporting conservative politics.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:left behind series religion and media
Date of Publication:01/01/2004