28 June 2003

Left Behind books to be left behind

Here is an item from the Vatican's Zenit news service: "Illinois Bishops Urge Institutions to Drop 'Left Behind' Items." In case anyone has been wandering the Gobi Desert for the past several years, the Left Behind books are a series of popularized end-time novels co-written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins that have topped the best-seller lists in North America. Judging from the Zenit report, they seem to have a reasonably large Roman Catholic readership, although this is hardly the authors' primary target audience. Now the Catholic bishops, of Illinois at least, are warning their faithful to steer clear of a very un-Catholic eschatology. I might also add un-Reformed... and un-Lutheran, un-Anglican, un-Methodist, un-Orthodox... shall I keep going?

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