Evangelicals and the "Left Behind" Series

February 8, 2004

Source: CBS News


On February 8, 2004 CBS News reported that "an estimated 70 million Americans call themselves evangelicals, and their beliefs have already reshaped American politics. In the last election, 40 percent of the votes for George W. Bush came from their ranks, and now those beliefs are beginning to reshape the culture as well -- thanks to a group of best-selling novels known as the 'Left Behind' series... Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have written a series of runaway bestsellers known as the 'Left Behind' novels. All together, there are 40 million books in print, and another 17 million in spin-offs. Plus, 'The Kids' series, audio books and comic books are worth $100 million in annual revenue. The books give a graphic version of the New Testament prophesy of the end of the world, happening in our time, in which only the righteous are saved. It’s a triumphant tale -- unmistakably Christian, undeniably American."