Will Catholics Be Left Behind? [NOOK Book]

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This powerful and timely book, written by a former Fundamentalist, is a thorough critique of the popular Fundamentalist notion of the "Rapture"-the belief that Christians will be removed from earth prior to a time of Tribulation and the Second Coming. It examines the theological, historical, and Biblical basis for "premillennial dispensationalism", the belief system based around the Rapture, and popularized in the best-selling Left Behind books and taught by "Bible prophecy" ...

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Overview

This powerful and timely book, written by a former Fundamentalist, is a thorough critique of the popular Fundamentalist notion of the "Rapture"-the belief that Christians will be removed from earth prior to a time of Tribulation and the Second Coming. It examines the theological, historical, and Biblical basis for "premillennial dispensationalism", the belief system based around the Rapture, and popularized in the best-selling Left Behind books and taught by "Bible prophecy" writers Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe, and many others.

Written for both the lay person and the serious student, this book combines an engaging, popular approach with detailed footnotes and exhaustive research. Beginning with the big picture, it focuses first on key concepts such as eschatology, the Parousia, and the relationship between the Kingdom and the Church. It then examines the Book of Revelation, providing insights into the nature and purpose of that difficult, final book of the Bible. Another chapter looks at the concept of the "millennium" and how it has been understood by various Christians over the centuries. Olson then shows how Left Behind creator LaHaye's many works on "Bible prophecy" are filled with attacks on Catholicism, and often rely on sensationalism, shaky scholarship, and subjective interpretations of Scripture

Olson, a former dispensationalist who now edits Envoy magazine, also presents a history of apocalyptic belief and theology, beginning with the Early Church Fathers and including the Montanists, St. Augustine, Joachim of Fiore, the Protestant Reformers, and the American Puritans. He shows how John Nelson Darby, an ex-Anglican priest,developed the premillennial dispensationalist system, which hinges on the Rapture, in the 1830s and how Darby relied upon faulty assumptions about Jesus Christ, the Church, and the Bible.

The second part of the book, "A Catholic Critique of Dispensationalism," focuses on three important topics: the relationship between Israel, the Church, and the Kingdom; the interpretation of Scripture; and the nature of the Rapture event. Filled with a wealth of information drawn from both Protestant and Catholic sources, this section provides a complete rebuttal to the premillennial dispensationalist system and the "left behind" theology. The book concludes with a reflection on the Catholic understanding of the end times, salvation history, and the final judgement. Glossaries of key persons and terms are also included.

A strong, but fair, critique of a dangerous and popular belief, Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"? provides Catholics and Protestants, lay people and clergy, and students and scholars with important answers and information about the roots and meaning of the "Rapture".

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000703151
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 575,813
  • File size: 349 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Excellent Catholic Scholarship

    Olson writes in a way that draws the reader in, while not watering down the material or leaving out important details. He uncovers the subtle ways in which some authors are injecting their theological agenda though the genre of apocalyptic fiction. He starts from foundations and carefully journeys with the reader through the development of popular dispensationalism and systematically uncovers the fallacies that characterize these beliefs. This is a book that no catholic should be without. It proves to be an invaluable resource for ministers of the Church.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    A must read for 'Christians'

    'Will Catholics Be 'Left Behind'' is a must read for every Christian, not just Catholics. Carl Olson, who was raised a 'fundamentalist,' gives a detailed, verse-by-verse analysis of premillennial dispensationalism and why the 'Left Behind' series and similar beliefs are not just bad scriptural interpretation, they're just plain wrong. For the layman, like me, the book is tough going in places, but worth the effort!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    A Close Look At 'The Rapture' From A Catholic Perspective

    Olson provides a step-by-step examination of the popular set of beliefs known in Christian circles as 'the Rapture.' He patiently traces the development of Rapturist doctrine back to early 19th century England, a time of great anxiety and unrest. As he unravels the various threads of Rapturist and Dispensationalist belief, he also discusses the (surprisingly few) Bible passages upon which the theology rests. It's important to note that Olson always allows the most prominent Rapturist adherents -- Darby, Scofield, Ryrie, La Haye et al -- to speak in their own voices through lengthy quotes of their works. He does not put words into their mouths or bandy with phony straw-man arguments. The book concludes with a glorious exploration of the teachings of the Catholic Church on the end times -- where the frightening, divisive, Us vs. Them orientation of the Rapturist theology is juxtaposed to the glorious fulfillment of the Kingdom of God in the person of Jesus Christ. Again, Olson quotes liberally from primary sources -- this time Catholic ones like the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and prominent theologians like Jean Danielou and Pope John Paul II. Olson's perceptions are keen, and his prose is sharp and clear. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand belief in 'the Rapture,' as well as anyone who wonders about the Catholic teaching on the end times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    Scholarship Deflects Emotionalism to Reach Truth

    Often when I question the 'rapture' mania with folks, I get treated as if I'm making a personal attack. This book gives me hope that I can direct the conversation to a different level, and talk about things that enthusiasts have never considered, all in order to demonstrate the trap of thinking that we can know when Jesus is returning. So often, when I say 'the Bible doesn't say Jesus is coming now,' people hear me saying 'He cannot be coming now,' and the distinction is too subtle for people to hear. What Carl Olson has provided is a thorough analysis through excellent scholarship. He shows how the whole world-view of the rapture, while emotionally appealing to some, is a long way from the truth. Taking the emotion out of the equation allows exploration of all the ancillary assumptions that lead to the emotional buy-in to what is at best a questionable doctrine. Along the way, the depth of theology explored here ultimately leads to a renewed faith in the true doctrines of the Church, a better understanding of our place in the Church, and the reality of the Church itself, the Church that Jesus personally established on Earth. What a wonderful gift that is!

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