If faith was taken out of the equation and all an individual would have to do is submit to God’s will to be saved, why would she turn down paradise? Michael Tolkin’s 1991 film, The Rapture, asks this question, but there are no easy answers.
In Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? the post-World War Terminus civilizations are left with radioactive-dust, shattered religions and a desire for a collective unity. Despite some of the socialist undertones that transcend in Mercerism, there also lies a huge component of American ideology that transcends as well: a notion of an American Dream.