The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times: Theology after You’ve Been Left Behind

The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times: Theology after You’ve Been Left Behind

People still believe that Jesus is returning to earth . . . and soon! Like Jesus’ first followers, millions of Christians hold fast to the idea that we are living in the last days, yet here we are, two thousand years later, still waiting. In The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times Jeffrey C. Pugh recounts his own brief sojourn in an apocalyptic cult. Looking back now, as a respected professor of theology, he tackles how Christianity in general, and the evangelical world in particular, have been captivated by the theological innovation known as Dispensationalism that emerged in the nineteenth century.

The embrace of this idea has influenced millions, leading to such cultural phenomena as the Left Behind books and movies, and Christian Zionism. But Pugh argues that the belief in the imminent return of Christ has in fact been harmful to Christian engagement with the world, and he builds this argument on a thorough and occasionally sassy reading of biblical texts and church history.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451499544
  • eBook ISBN 9781506401430
  • Brand Theology for the People
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 4.5 x 7.5
  • Pages 220
  • Publication Date August 1, 2016


"Writing with humor as well as theological and historical precision Jeffrey C. Pugh has managed to provide an extraordinary account of how Christians have thought about The End and how we should think about The End today. In particular, he helps us see that when you have misguided understandings of the End Times, the results can be very dangerous. Of course, we live in a dangerous world, but Jeffrey Pugh helps us see how correct Christian eschatological convictions help us avoid getting the world wrong. Pugh writes with a clarity that makes the book accessible to theologian and non-theologian alike."
Stanley Hauerwas | Duke University

"Jeffery C. Pugh's thoughtful, well-paced guide stays faithful to the original meaning of Apocalypse— "to unveil what is hidden," about the myths of The End, rather than falling back on the age-old trick of trying to scare us into conformity. Yes, we have an expiration date. This we can't deny. But, Pugh journeys with us through the historical significance of the End Times instead of feeding our fears. He offers a hopeful discovery of a new narrative—one in which we can laugh at ourselves, question, co-create, and redeem the world with God, and do it with love."
Amy Piatt | Senior Pastor, First Christian Church, Portland, Oregon

"It was better than Cats; I’d read it again."
Third Horseman of the Apocalypse