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Leaving "Left Behind" behind

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Are the moderate Christians getting their act together? Jonathan Hutson writes at Talk To Action:

"It is unprecedented, and to date unheralded by the mainstream media. But it is happening. It is sparking, sputtering, glowing and growing like a prairie fire. There is a growing movement among conservative and progressive Christians alike to boycott Tyndale House, the Christian publishing house that publishes the Living Bible and Tim LaHaye's Left Behind novels and also licenses the controversial videogame Left Behind: Eternal Forces, along with any chain stores or megachurches that plan to distribute the game. . . . At its dark heart, Left Behind: Eternal Forces is an anti-Christian game, a ravenous wolf posturing in sheep's clothing."

Tyndale House is headquartered in suburban Carol Stream; a search of its website reveals some 207 titles for sale in the potboiler "Left Behind" series about the Rapture and its violent aftermath.

Hutson has been doing for this not-yet-released game what the Reader's Ben Joravsky is doing for TIF districts in Chicago: hammering away.  (Hutson's research and advocacy is not acknowledged in this Washington Post story on the controversy.) Hutson next promises a story about "a conservative Christian news distributor that started out to disprove Talk to Action's charges about Left Behind: Eternal Forces--and after playing the game, concluded that Talk to Action's series is accurate, and the game is unChristian."

In a December 2005 press release [PDF], Left Behind Games said the game "puts players in command of an apocalyptic battle between the Tribulation Forces and the Global Community Peacekeepers during the End of Days raging in the streets of New York City." In a later statement, LBG CEO Troy Lyndon backed off some, decrying the controversy and describing the game as a "strategy game" in which players sought to pick up "tribulation clues" and only went into battle when forced to defend themselves against the "forces of evil," i.e. those pesky Global Community Peacekeepers.

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