Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 142:566 (Apr 1985)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Periodical Reviews

“Religion: Armageddon and the End Time,” Time, November 5, 1984, p. 73.

“Religion: Arguing Armageddon,” Newsweek, November 5, 1984, p. 91.

According to Time, “St. John’s apocalyptic vision of the ‘end Times’ emerged last week as a political issue.” That assessment is subject to serious question, especially in light of the recent presidential election’s outcome. But to whatever extent the statement was true, it grew out of the mass mediate (video and print) efforts to identify President Reagan as a religious fanatic.

Precipitating the issue was Marvin Kalb’s question in the second presidential debate, “Do you feel that we are now heading, perhaps, for some kind of nuclear Armageddon?” The essence of President Reagan~s answer was, “I have never seriously warned and said we must plan according to Armageddon.” This was a reasonable response. Yet Time insists that “Reagan’s critics wonder whether the President’s apparent belief in a particular biblical scenario for the end of the world means that he might consider nuclear war a divine instrument.” That is really stretching to make a political issue.

The Time article does acknowledge that “most Christian churches teach that the end of history will be marked by Christ’s return to earth to establish a perfect kingdom” and it admits that “a number of Old and New Testament passages describe the prelude to this event in terms of angelic battle and earthly turmoil. And yet it then focuses on the dispensational pretribulational view as some extreme minority belief that has influenced President Reagan. Newsweek, after describing the pretribulational position with some degree of accuracy declares, “This detailed doctrine is not accepted by most Christians,” again implying it is a suspect view.

In seeking to assess the political implications of the doctrine of Armageddon neither magazine queried such prophetic experts as

Dr. John F. Walvoord or Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost. Instead Newsweek repeated Tim Weber’s childhood fear that his mother had been raptured when he lost her in a store, and Time quoted Berkeley Mickelsen’s implication that apocalyptic language in reality does not mean what it says. By these articles both magazines aided and abetted the religious liberals’ efforts to smear President Reagan as an extremist.

“Public Schools: The Challenge of Christian Involvement,” Anita Moreland Smith, Eternity, October 1984, pp. 21-23, 25.

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