Friday, May 20, 2011

Completely Random Book Suggestions

I am not sure why the topic of the rapture might be on anyone's mind today, May 20th, 2011, but on the off chance that it is, here some book recommendations:

Oh, if you wait until tomorrow before heading to your local Catholic bookstore, there may be less traffic.

Will Catholics Be Left Behind? by Carl E Olson
An exhaustive Catholic critique of premillennial dispensationalism, the "pretrib rapture," the Left Behind phenomenon, and Fundamentalist eschatology, written by a former Fundamentalist/dispensationalist. Examines the historical, biblical, and theological roots of the "left behind" theology and the belief in a rapture event separate from the Second Coming. Also contains chapters on the Book of Revelation, the millennial kingdom, and Catholic eschatology.

The Rapture Trap by Dr. Paul Thigpen
Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., lays out in clear, simple terms the biblical foundations of Catholic teaching on the close of the age--the "end times." Along with Scripture, he draws from Tradition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Church history, and contemporary experience to reveal the shortcomings of the rapture doctrine and the larger tangle of twisted religious teachings to which it is tied.

In his latest book, Michael Barber takes a detailed look at the book of Revelation and its rich tapestry of prophecy, history, and biblical allusion. Verse by verse, Coming Soon unravels the hidden threads of meaning in the Book of Revelation, all the while celebrating this beautiful and glorious vision of God.

Some quick resources for those not interested in purchasing books:
The Rapture
Rapture Fever May Be Injurious to your Spiritual Health

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