- - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

1| Tim LaHaye, ‘Left Behind’ author and Christian leader, dies at 90 |Washington Times

Christian leader Tim F. LaHaye, whose 16 blockbuster “Left Behind” novels sold 80 million copies worldwide, died Monday at a San Diego-area hospital after a stroke. He was 90.

The exceptional reach of his writings, fiction and nonfiction, made him one of the most influential evangelical Christians in America.

“He was easily one of the most influential evangelical Christians of the 20th century,” said Pastors & Pews founder David Lane.

Focusing on the New Testament’s final book, Revelation, and other apocalyptic passages, Mr. LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins co-authored the “Left Behind” series that popularized the theology of growing numbers of evangelical Christians — a lengthy period of suffering on earth, called the tribulation, before the Second Coming of Jesus, but which the saved Christian remnant will be raptured up to heaven to avoid.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. described the series’ impact on Christianity as “probably greater than that of any other book in modern times, outside the Bible.”

And from LaHaye’s co-author, Jerry B. Jenkins: The Tim LaHaye I Knew |Christianity Today

…The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor’s heart and lived to share his faith. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was missing from the table at a book signing or the green room of a network television show, he could usually be found in a corner praying with someone he’d just met—from a reader to a bookstore clerk to a TV network anchorman.

2| So is ‘evangelical Catholic’ a religious term or a political term? The honest answer: yes |GetReligion

3| Can Hillary Clinton’s Faith Help Her Lead a Fractured Nation? |Religion & Politics

…When Clinton left Park Ridge to attend Wellesley College in the fall of 1965, she stayed in close contact with Jones, and she brought with her a subscription to motive magazine, a publication of the Methodist Student Movement she had received from her church. As first lady, Clinton shared that she had kept each issue of motive she had received, to that day.

Not long after arriving at Wellesley, Clinton assumed leadership of the Young Republicans. But over the coming months her political commitments began to shift. By 1968 the former Goldwater Girl was campaigning for anti-war Democrat Eugene McCarthy, and she credits motive with helping nudge her away from the Republican Party.

How did a religious magazine reorient Clinton’s politics? Her college years spanned one of the most momentous eras in twentieth-century American history. The escalation of the war in Vietnam, the prophetic challenge of the Civil Rights movement, and the growing alienation of the student generation threw into question dominant Cold War narratives and the white, middle-class status quo. Each month Clinton encountered articles contesting the received wisdom of her sheltered upbringing, but written from a religious standpoint that resonated with her own Methodist faith. Writers in motive eloquently depicted Civil Rights as a moral and spiritual cause, connected Civil Rights at home to liberation movements abroad, and condemned the war in Vietnam and the actions of the U.S. government around the globe. The magazine also rejected the emerging Religious Right’s characterization of America as a “Christian nation,” a notion they considered idolatrous and an expression of sinful pride.


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