A Lesson in Rapture Theology

A growing number of Christians look forward to the Rapture: the day when, according to First Thessalonians, believers will be launched into the clouds “to meet their God in the air.”  And some think that day is coming soon. Rev. Mark Schaefer, United Methodist Chaplain and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University explains the relatively recent history of Rapture theology.

Tim LaHaye, Painter of the Apocalypse

“True believers” instantly ascend to heaven. Their now driver-less cars cause massive crashes. And in a desperate attempt to avoid being “left behind,” millions of people accept Jesus Christ. These images of the Rapture are all thanks to Tim LaHaye, co-author of Left Behind. This best-selling series imagines an Apocalyptic Evangelical view of the end of the world. From 2010.

The Universal Quest to Live Forever

Throughout the centuries and across different cultures, humans have longed to find the key to immorality. Philosopher Stephen Cave calls this urge a “universal obsession” and the driving force behind humanity’s greatest monuments, scientific advancements, and world religions. From 2012.

 

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Rapture Theology and the Human Longing for Immortality

A Lesson in Rapture Theology

A growing number of Christians look forward to the Rapture: the day when, according to First Thessalonians, believers will be launched into the clouds “to meet their God in the air.”  And some think that day is coming soon. Rev. Mark Schaefer, United Methodist Chaplain and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University explains the relatively recent history of Rapture theology.

Tim LaHaye, Painter of the Apocalypse

“True believers” instantly ascend to heaven. Their now driver-less cars cause massive crashes. And in a desperate attempt to avoid being “left behind,” millions of people accept Jesus Christ. These images of the Rapture are all thanks to Tim LaHaye, co-author of Left Behind. This best-selling series imagines an Apocalyptic Evangelical view of the end of the world. From 2010.

The Universal Quest to Live Forever

Throughout the centuries and across different cultures, humans have longed to find the key to immorality. Philosopher Stephen Cave calls this urge a “universal obsession” and the driving force behind humanity’s greatest monuments, scientific advancements, and world religions. From 2012.

 

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