Lately, my research for an article on American Evangelicalism and the Apollo 11 moon landing has led me to The Late Great Planet Earth, the 1970 apocalyptic best-seller by Hal Lindsey.
It’s my first time reading Lindsey’s book. I’m aware of the impact it had on 1970s popular culture (named the bestselling non-fiction book of the decade by New York Times, etc.), but I didn’t realize how sensationalistic the book is — although, quite frankly, it doesn’t surprise me.
Given the popularity of the book with Christians and non-Christians in the 1970s, I’m curious: what effect (if any) did the book have on the Brethren in Christ? Did church members read The Late Great Planet Earth? If so, how did they respond?
Readers: Have you read Lindsey’s book? What did you think? And do you know anything about its reception within the wider Brethren in Christ Church? Respond in the Comments section!