HBO's "The Leftovers" is four episodes in and one thing seems clear about the world these writers are trying to create: Christianity will not mean much to people anymore if the rapture takes place.
When the show kicked off, we analyzed the relevance of this show to Christianity and now with four full episodes, believing viewers can get a better feel of what's going on in the series and if it's worth checking out as the season progresses.
The third episode titled "Two Boats and Helicopter" features a character named Reverend Matt Jamison who now pastors a church that has dwindled down to a handful of folks. Matt struggles to keep his church by gambling to win the money he owes the bank for the lease, but eventually loses the building to the cult group The Guilty Remnant. more >>
Evidence of what one bishop described as the "end of the world" plague has been unearthed by Italian archaeologists in Egypt.
Archaeologists with the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor [MAIL] recently discovered a large monument used as a burial site in modern-day Luxor. The monument contained some human remains covered in lime, as well as bones charred by a giant bonfire. The archaeologists believe this evidence, along with the nearby discovery of three kilns used to make lime, are proof that the momentous plague of the 3rd Century A.D. that wiped out vast portions of the Roman Empire, including Egypt.
Francesco Tiradritti, director of the MAIL, told LiveScience that in ancient times, the lime was considered to be a disinfectant, and was likely used on the bodies in an attempt to halt the spread of infection. The bodies of plague victims were also burned, again to stop further contamination. more >>
A trailer for the new "Left Behind" movie starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Lea Thompson released this week was met by a mix of skepticism and excitement from online viewers familiar with the original rapture film headlined by Kirk Cameron.
The new dramatic minute-long trailer for the October 3 feature film states that "no matter where you are, no matter what you believe, one event will change the world" — presumably in reference to the rapture, what the filmmakers describe as the sudden vanishing of millions of people from around the globe. The world is immediately "plunged into darkness," according to the description of the film. "All that remains are their clothes and belongings … and an overwhelming sense of terror."
The 2014 movie is a retelling of the "Left Behind" film based on the popular Christian book series of the same name that was released on home video in 2000 and in theaters the following year. Watch the trailer for "Left Behind" 2014 below: more >>
A historian has argued in a new book that the religious aspects of World War I have been largely ignored by scholars.
Philip Jenkins, author, distinguished professor and member of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, believes that people living and fighting in World War I held strong spiritual convictions of various kinds.
Jenkins documents these many examples in his newest book, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade. more >>
NEW YORK – Members of several of the world's main religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, warned that the grave prospect of a nuclear weapons catastrophe looms dangerously over the world, and urged leaders to move toward disarmament at a United Nations conference on Wednesday.
Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that although religious leaders are not experts on nuclear weapons, they still have the responsibility to speak out and take the floor on this particular issue.
"We know that we are not experts on disarmament, we do not have technical solutions, but we do have a voice to act," Chullikatt said, adding that the group of religious leaders have taken on the subject partly so that future generations do not accuse them of not doing anything. more >>
Author Elizabeth Esther's Instagram feed reveals images of her jumping on the trampoline, her daughter at a recent ballet performance, glasses of wine, and photos of her smiling twin girls. Other than pictures of her recent book launch party, there is little to suggest that she belonged to a Fundamentalist Christian cult just a little more than a decade ago.
Headed up by her grandparents, the Assembly religious movement that Esther was a part of not only believed that the Apocalypse was imminent, but also sanctioned aggressive corporal punishment for infants and children, strict gender roles that went as far as policing tones of voice, and family street preaching.
Several years after marrying a man who had also joined the cult, Esther and her husband left the church after they confronted her grandfather about alleged abuse that he and the community had covered up. Esther recently released, Girl at the End of the World, a memoir about her childhood and young adult years in the community. more >>