Converting our Imagination 8

How then do we read the Book of Revelation responsibly? This is the concern of this series and Michael Gorman, as a teacher, knows the best way to teach this sort of reading is to give the big picture first. His seven themes (below) are a deconstructive and constructive approach: it deconstructs some popular approaches [Read More...]

Converting our Imagination 7

How odd to end the year thinking about eschatology! The issue today for many of us is the power and the pervasiveness of the Left Behind approach to reading Revelation. The method is so pervasive many today just don’t even want to talk about this stuff. Many raise their hands and walk away — choosing [Read More...]

Converting our Imagination 6

The Book of Revelation needs to be interpreted — and there are five major forms of interpreting Revelation. Which is your interpretive model? Today we discuss these models, and in our next post (next Monday) sketch Gorman’s criticisms of the Left Behind (and similar) approaches. Michael Gorman, Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following [Read More...]

Converting our Imagination 6

Yesterday’s post concerned whether or not there are parallels between Rome as empire and the USA as empire. Regardless of your thoughts there, Gorman’s book proposes that the Book of Revelation is a manifesto and a summons to “uncivil” religion. As we have been saying, Michael Gorman, Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following [Read More...]

Converting our Imagination 5

The Book of Revelation is a theopolitical text, a text assaulting the idolatries of the Roman Empire. This approach raises a number of vistas for reading the text. Michael Gorman, Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation discusses this theopolitical reading of Revelation. It’s about empire. This is [Read More...]

Converting our Imgination 4

The Book of Revelation is Theo-Politics, a book about a politics that claims God is king and no one else is, a book that declares that God alone is to be worshiped and no one else, a book that announces that God alone is to be obeyed and no one else. Thus, it is Theo-Politics. [Read More...]

Converting our Imagination 3

I am convinced that most of what is said about the future — and about eschatology — and about the Revelation of John in particular — in most churches today is mostly wrong. Western evangelicals somehow got sidetracked by the rise of Dispensationalism, it stuck to many evangelicals like glue, and today I rarely hear [Read More...]

Converting our Imagination 2

What kind of book is the Book of Revelation? We perhaps need to make something clear: The decision of what kind of book Revelation is determines how we read it, what we see in it, and what it means for our world today. Michael Gorman’s new book, Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following [Read More...]

Converting our Imagination 1

In the next two years Americans will be bombarded by political rhetoric. I am not alone in decrying the politicization of our culture, and neither am I alone in urging followers of Jesus to refocus. Political rhetoric is not only filling our imaginations with hope, hope that can’t be delivered by a President, but it [Read More...]


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