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The author of the book: Carl E. Olson
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Edition: Ignatius Press
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Date of issue: December 2nd 2003
ISBN 13: 9780898709506
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This powerful book is a thorough Catholic critique of the popular Fundamentalist belief in the "Rapture"--the belief that Christians will be removed from earth prior to a time of Tribulation and the Second Coming. Olson, editor of Envoy magazine and a former Fundamentalist, examines the theological, historical, and Biblical basis for the "Rapture" by carefully examining "premillennial dispensationalism, " the belief system behind the Left Behind books and propagated by "Biblical prophecy experts" such as Tim LaHaye and Hal Lindsey. Written for both the lay person and the serious student, this book combines an engaging, popular approach with detailed footnotes and exhaustive research. Beginning with the big picture, it focuses first on key concepts such as eschatology, the Parousa, "end times, " the Kingdom, and the Church. Olson then exposes Fundamentalist author and Left Behind creator LaHaye's antagonism towards the Catholic Church, showing that LaHaye's many works on "Bible prophecy" are filled with attacks on Catholicism and numerous errors. He also presents a history of apocalyptic belief and theology, beginning with the Early Church and including the Montanists, St. Augustine, Joachim of Fiore, the Protestant Reformers, and American Puritans. A strong, but fair, critique of a dangerous and popular belief, Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"? provides Catholics, Protestants, lay people, clergy, students, and scholars with important answers and information about the roots and meaning of the "Rapture."
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Read information about the authorCarl Olson is the editor of Ignatius Insight, an online magazine that provides readers with essays, interviews, reviews and news related to the Catholic Church and the work of Ignatius Press, one of the world’s largest Catholic publishers. He is also the moderator of the Insight Scoop, the Ignatius Press weblog.
Olson grew up in a Fundamentalist Protestant home in western Montana. After two years of art school, he attended Briercrest Bible College, an Evangelical Bible college in Saskatchewan, Canada, graduating with an associate’s degree in 1991. His wife, Heather, is a graduate of Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. They married in 1994 and entered the Catholic Church together in 1997; their conversion story appears in the book, Surprised By Truth 3.
In May 2000, Olson graduated from the University of Dallas with a Masters in Theological Studies. For two years he worked as the director of catechesis and evangelization for Nativity of the Mother of God, a Byzantine Catholic parish in Springfield, Oregon. Then, from 2002 to 2004, he was the editor of the award-winning Envoy magazine.
Long interested in Evangelical and Fundamentalist beliefs about the end of the world, Olson has written over two dozen articles about Bible prophecy, the belief in the “Rapture,” and Left Behind books. His first book, Will Catholics Be “Left Behind” A Catholic Critique of the Rapture and Today’s Prophecy Preachers (Ignatius Press, 2003) was the result of years of research on the topic; it was recognized by the Associated Press as one of the best religious titles of 2003.
Carl Olson is also the co-author, with medievalist Sandra Miesel, of The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code (Ignatius, 2004; see Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, wrote the foreword and described the book as “the definitive debunking” of the best-selling The Da Vinci Code. In addition, historian Dr. James Hitchcock called it “superb and meticulous,” World editor Marvin Olasky described it as a “clearly-written antidote,” and Professor Philip Jenkins of Pennsylvania State University said it “is a delight to read.”
He has also written articles for Crisis, The Catholic Faith, Catholic Parent, National Catholic Register, Envoy, This Rock, First Things, Gilbert!, Touchstone, Canticle, Saint Austin Review, New Covenant, The Catalyst, Lay Witness, National Review Online, CatholicExchange.com, and Catholic.org. He is a contributing editor to This Rock magazine and writes the weekly “Opening the Word” Scripture column for Our Sunday Visitor. Olson also wrote the introduction to [b:Pied Piper of Atheism: Philip Pullman and Children’s Fantasy|2310638|Pied Piper of Atheism Phili
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