Douglas Todd reported in the Vancouver Sun that Regent College bookstore would not be carrying the 948th book in the Left Behind Series, The Glorious Appearing. Regent College is one of the more famous evangelical colleges in the western hemisphere, and is not to be confused with Regent in Virginia Beach, VA, where Pat "The LORD Predicts a Landslide" Robertson hangs out. Ian Panth, who runs the bookstore affiliated with the college said:
The book is very American-centric. It says the United States is successful because it has supported the state of Israel. It portrays the Anti-Christ as a Russian who has risen up to take over the United Nations. It also paints the European Union as entirely demonic.
Now I'll agree that all of Ian's points are good ones, but I can think of two better reasons that a book like this shouldn't be in the bookstore of a "world-renowned evangelical seminary."
- It sucks.
- All the preceding books sucked, so why would this one suck less?
On the serious side, can you imagine this book in Yale's bookstore, or Princeton's, or Notre Dame's? C'mon, evangelicals. Quit whoring yourselves out for money. You're supposed to be a serious institution of learning. The only thing students learn from reading the LaHaye/Jenkins books is...well, see my list above. If someone posts a comment that the book is any of the other bookstores I listed, I promise to make fun of post-liberals and Catholics as well.