Something popped up in one of our news sweeps, and at first we couldn’t figure out why. It’s at the website of NBC News: ‘Left Behind’ Co-Author Tim LaHaye, Leading Voice of Evangelicalism, Dies.
So we started to scan the thing. It begins:
Tim LaHaye, an intellectual and popular leader of the evangelical movement whose 16 “Left Behind” novels sold tens of millions of copies, died Monday at age 90 in San Diego following a stroke last week, his ministry and his family said. The “Left Behind” novels, co-written with Jerry B. Jenkins, were enormously popular, crashing mainstream best-seller lists in the 1990s and the 2000s, which until then had been all but unheard of for Christian-themed fiction.
We’ve heard of those books, but we never read one. We were wondering what this has to do with our humble blog, so we continued scanning and learned:
[Jerry] Falwell, who died in 2007, credited LaHaye with having inspired him to found the Moral Majority in 1979.
LaHaye also founded San Diego Christian College, 12 Christian secondary schools and the Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy at Falwell’s Liberty University in Virginia.
We didn’t know he had that kind of influence. But wait — here’s the big news:
Among the first departments at San Diego Christian College was the Institute for Creation Research, which branched out as an influential young-Earth creationist research organization in 1972.
Wow — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. That’s where ol’ Hambo began his career when he came here from Australia. And it was LaHaye who got the whole thing started. Maybe that’s common knowledge among creationists, but it was news to us.
There’s a lot more in the NBC article, but nothing else of interest to us. As far as we can determine, LaHaye had no connection with the Discovery Institute. They’ve never even mentioned him in any of their blog articles.
Anyway, that’s all we could find this evening. Make of it what you will.
Addendum: ICR has a brief post that confirms LaHaye’s role in their founding — see Tim LaHaye Is Now Home.
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