Curing Sadventism, Part 3: The Punch Line

Curing Sadventism, Part 3: The Punch Line

In an essay published in 1967 Walter Wagoner pondered America’s “folksy and largely uncritical denominationalism” whose Christianity reflected a “less than maturity in matters satire.” Acknowledging that religious satire must “run an extraordinarily delicate course,” he considers it essential for handling the “idolatries of the godly”—which can uni

Curing Sadventism, Part 1: Don’t Laugh

Curing Sadventism, Part 1: Don’t Laugh

Pastor Doug Batchelor, president of Amazing Facts, is one of Seventh-day Adventism’s most popular televangelists. He emphasizes end-time prophecy and champions conservative views on issues such as jewelry and women’s ordination, to the delight of his 75,000-plus Facebook followers. On March 18, 2014, those faithful followers’ world slid off its axi

Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Here we go again. Just when we thought the Left Behind series had finally been…well…left behind, we are greeted with a remake of the movie version. Did we need a remake? For fans of the novels, probably—the first movies were abysmal. For popular preachers seeking converts, definitely. Rapture theology has become as effective as hell in terms of exc