21 December 2004
Found via comments to Slacktivist's version of Krauthammer's column. And since you're headed over there already, Left Behind is back!
The further I get in this book, the more Buck reminds me of Arthur Dent from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series. The main difference being that Arthur, at least, realized that he was a confused and selfish man overwhelmed by the absurd events unfolding around him. And Buck, unlike Arthur, really is a jerk, a total kneebiter.