Amidst the wild popularity that the Left Behind series has enjoyed over the past few years, A. Wilson Rodgers offers an alternative take on the always intriguing yet often controversial "end times." Refreshingly though, The Return of Enlil is not a series of volumes trying to stretch the revelations dollar as far as humanly possible. It is one book that simply adds a few interesting questions to the discussion.
In what I would call prophesci-fi, The Return of Enlil paints past and future biblical stories with an extraterrestrial brush. From angels and chariots of fire to alien-like gods and spaceships, Rodgers suggests explanations to satisfy more than just religious seekers of truth.
But more importantly, I feel this book tickles at a much larger problem. Having divided even the Christian community, the fine line between metaphor and the literal has always been somewhat of a battleground for both believers and nonbelievers. Thoughtfully, Rodgers has found a way to blur that line and introduce an entirely different look at biblical accounts.
Aside from having morally cringed at the literary license taken in the judgment scene, I felt The Return of Enlil served an important purpose. For no matter whether i agreed or disagreed with the assumptions laid out in its pages, I constantly found myself anxious to revisit such biblical references. And understanding that this work was as much a labor of faith as it was love, I consider it to be successful in the sense that it makes readers stop and take another look at what they really believe.