July 19, 2004
Bruce Forbes, department chair and professor of religious
studies at Morningside College, and co-editor of the
book "Rapture, Revelation, and The End Times: Exploring
the Left Behind Series," will hold a book signing at
Barnes and Noble Booksellers at the Southern Hills Mall
on Saturday, August 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A
discussion session is planned from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
"The book is written
for general audiences and discusses a variety of viewpoints
that people have about the series," Forbes said.
and The End Times" is a collection of works by six separate
scholars that, according to the publisher, explores the "historical,
biblical, social, and political issues raised by the 'Left
Behind' series' religious perspective." The "Left Behind"
series is a collection of 12 works of fiction that deal with
the end of the world and the apocalypse.
the book with Jeanne Halgren Kilde, visiting assistant professor
of religious studies at Macalester College in St. Paul , Minn.
Forbes also wrote the first chapter of the book, released
in June 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan.
titled "How Popular Are the Left Behind Books.and Why?" provides
basic information on the series, backgrounds on the authors,
statistics on the popularity of the books, and summaries of
responses to the series from different religious groups. Dr.
Forbes also co-authored the introduction, study guide, glossary,
and discussion questions contained in the book.
Forbes has published
several articles on religion and popular culture and is also
co-editor of the book, "Religion and Popular Culture in America
," published in 2000 by the University of California Press
. He holds a doctorate in history of American Christianity
from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1977 and a master's
of theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern
Methodist University in 1973. Forbes is an ordained minister
with the United Methodist Church and has been at Morningside