Re: [mythsoc] Rowling - an Inkling??
- From: "Ernest Tomlinson" <thiophene@...>
> Has anyone here read the "Left Behind" books? It's hard for me to go a
> without seeing one, if even only on a supermarket bookshelf, and of courseof
> if you go into a Christian bookstore, as I do now and again, you're likely
> to find a third of the story devoted to "Left Behind" books and spinoffs.
> And judging from how many "Left Behind" books have come out so far, I can
> only conclude that the Rapture, when it happens, is going to take a heck
> a long time to happen. Dash it all, I'm sort of curious. So, just whatare
> these books like? Anyone?I have read 3 or 4 of them. They remind me most of a Sydney Sheldon
bestseller that I once read. I was shocked at their simple reading level
(both the Sheldon and the LB books). The books are primarily dialogue and
action so they read very fast. (I'm convinced this is one key to their
popularity -- you can plough through this big book in a very short period of
time.) It's like reading a transcription of a TV show.
I'm assuming you're familiar with the basic story outline: the Rapture*
comes, all the True Believers are taken away, and the non-believing rabble
is left behind to deal as best they may. The core characters in the first
book are an airline pilot who was getting a little on the side as he was
bored with his overly-religious wife (who was taken, of course), their
college-aged daughter, a young but famous journalist, and an assistant
pastor who Didn't Really Believe. They fight the rising forces of the
anti-Christ with all the latest in technology, which amazingly always works
for our heroes under the least likely of circumstances.
They're full of holes and inconsistencies but are fun to read, I must admit.
They're aimed at the modern Christian who believes that the Rapture is a
mainstream Christian belief. (So for those of us in Christian churches that
existed before 1800, we're mostly lumped in with those Left Behind.)
*Snarky footnote: the Rapture, the concept of all the living believers in
Jesus being taken up into heaven and thereby avoiding a period of time of
great tribulation, was popularized in the nineteenth century by a man named
Darby. C.I. Scofield ran with this idea and incorporated it into the notes
for his study Bible edition of the King James version -- this edition was
very popular in the Baptist church I attended for a while in the 1970s --
and has been accepted by many Christians as a core Christian belief. I've
met a number of Christians who do not realize that this is a relatively new
concept. They think all Christians believe this.
Stating for the record: I consider myself a Bible-believing
Christian. I think this is most likely a misreading of the Bible, but hey,
it could happen. It just rubs me the wrong way that people think that
Christians have believed this for almost 2000 y ears.
- Thank you, David, for putting this so aptly.
From: David S Bratman <dbratman@...>
Date: Sat, 01 Mar 2003 09:33:14 -0800
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Rowling - an Inkling??
Lizzie, what do you mean? That writing in the spirit of the Inklings
should be currently pertinent? Lewis wouldn't think so. He says somewhere
that nothing goes out of date faster than that which tries hardest to stay
up to date. (My own phrasing of this, conceived independently, is "Those
who live by the cutting edge die by the cutting edge.") The Inklings were
in search of what was eternally up to date, and that is why their 40 to 70
year old novels are still meaningful and read today. LOTR in particular
was considered by many to be ludicrously out of step with the current
concerns of the 1950s, but the Inklings suspected it would wear better than
many of the more typical cultural artifacts of the era, and they were
right. Those who admired it when it was new thought it would be a
masterpiece at any date.
That spirit is part of what I'm looking for when I'm searching for new
books in the spirit of the Inklings. I want books that would have been
just as good if they were published 50 years ago as they are now, because
those are the ones that will be just as good 50 years from now.
- David Bratman
At 07:23 AM 3/1/2003 -0500, Lizzie Triano wrote:
>I think it is worth discussing. I don't know what my opinion is on theYahoo! Groups Sponsor ADVERTISEMENT
>specific Rowling question, but I have long been developing the opinion that
>the Inkling Spirit today would be perhaps unrecognizable to the Inklings
>Then. After all, the churches probably are, post-Vatican-II and ordaining
>women priests, arguing the various sex and social justice issues, and all
>sorts of such things. There is surrealism and spirituality in the
>non-churched (which was of course true in the Victorian era), and there
>needs must be practicality and stuff in the church (which I would imagine
>there was among veteran Christians such as Tolkien, more than among today's
>peace-raised peoples). We are not hungry enough, we are too content. What
>would the Spirit tell stories about today?
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