Peretti's novels provide a clear statement of the worldview of conservative Christians who hold the Bible to be literally true and without error. Not only is the reader presented with doctrinal positions, but the implications of those positions for life in modern society are spelled out as well. In this essay, I analyze Peretti's views of the modern world, its heroes and villains, and argue they are representative of the views of the New Christian Right (Liebman and Wuthnow) in the late 1980s and the 1990s.
‘This is a peer reviewed version of the following article:
Howard, Jay R. 1994. “Vilifying the Enemy: The Christian Right and the Novels of Frank Peretti.” Journal of Popular Culture 28(3):193-206.,
which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-3840.1994.2803_193.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving'.