God in the Machine

Literally "God in the machine", Deus Ex Machina originally referred to Greek plays, where the "gods" would be lowered onto the stage with ropes in order to provide a quick resolution to the story. Today, Deus Ex Machina refers to any improbably and/or overly convenient character or mechanism that comes out of nowhere and saves the character(s).


"I don't get it, Big Dan..." -George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

That's a LOT of worried end-timers

Newsweek reported this week that the Left Behind books have sold over 62 MILLION copies. 62 million! Ye gads.

"Biblical Literalism" they call it. I call it fear tactics. Remember the old 70s movie where folks got raptured, and left behind and by the end kids were still wetting their pants in fear as they ran down the aisle for "salvation"? Same thing.

AND they're getting rich doing it. Even if it's a buck a book, which it's not....

When I was working part time at Barnes and Noble we joked that the books were called "Left Behind" because slow readers couldn't keep up with how often they were released one after the other.

Some of these readers must just be sci-fi fans, but I daresay most are Christians who are scared that the books calling themselves "Biblical Literalist" must depict how it will really go down. And so they spend, and spend again. Fear Tactics.

ASIDE: even if it is a LITERAL interpretation of the book of Revelation, let's remember that the first lines of the book itself let us know that it was all a dream, yes?


Blogger Michael said...

Funny, I'd always thought they were called "Left Behind" because that was the only proper thing to do with the damned things. I was disgusted to see that pair get the cover of Newsweek last week, and I cringe every time I go into the religion section at Borders and see shelf after shelf of this tripe masquerading as faith, but can't find anything of Jack Shea's, or Ken Woodward's, or Martin Marty's...

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