Numberphile on 666

Today in my Bible class the topic was apocalyptic literature – Daniel and Revelation. The student who presented included a segment of the above video on the number of the beast, and I thought it was worth sharing with a wider audience. I now have my lecture on this topic online, so that we can [Read More…]

That’s Not Taking Revelation Literally

One media outlet described the man who quit his job over a form with the number 666 on it as taking Revelation literally. Fred Clark had this to say, with his characteristic combination of sarcastic wit and religious insight:   No. No, no, no, 666 times no. Believers like Slonopas do not “take the book [Read More…]

National Sound Check Day

That’s what they are calling today, apparently. Leave a comment if you get why. At least no one seems to be predicting the date has some apocalyptic significance. Is that because people think that, whereas one dubious apocalyptic prediction in a month is fine, two would be crazy? UPDATE: Here’s another image that gives a [Read More…]

Revelation 17: Key To Interpreting the Book of Revelation?

I have mentioned before that Revelation 17:9-10 seems to me to provide decisive evidence against the futurist or “end times” approach to understanding the Book of Revelation. We got up to chapter 17 of the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class yesterday, and so we focused attention on that particular set of verses [Read More…]

Apocalyptic Philadelphia Freedom

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we discussed the message addressed to the church in Philadelphia in Revelation chapter 3. There are a number of interesting details, but in this post I want to highlight one of them. In Revelation 3:10, the author places this promise to the church in Philadelphia on the [Read More…]

The Apocalypse is Like…

From Tree Lobsters, solidly at the intersection of religion and science fiction.   [Read more…]

Is Revelation 17:9-10 the Decisive Evidence against the End-Times view of Revelation?

I avoided using the technical term for the viewpoint I am discussing here in the title. Those who’ve studied theology will know that the sort of view of the end times reflected in the Left Behind series and other such books is premillennial dispensationalism. But since most premillennial dispensationalists don’t know that they are premillennial [Read More…]

Call for Papers: Histories of the End

Via Deane Galbraithe: Call for papers: Histories of the End In 2012 Relegere will publish a special issue dedicated to reception histories of the end times, however they might be imagined, in religious contexts. We welcome reception histories not only of Christian imaginaries of the book of Revelation, but also of the end of days in [Read More…]

Israel and Palestine around the Blogosphere

My recent post on the connection between certain kinds of end-times expectation and ongoing crises in the Middle East generated some discussion. Here are links to some things related to this topic that have turned up on other blogs. Richard Hall links to the text of a lecture by Amy Jill Levine: “Old Habits Die [Read More…]

Rapture ‘Round the Blogosphere

There are so many posts about Harold Camping and his (latest) prediction, and about Rapture prediction in general, around the blogs that I read, that I feel like I ought to link to some of them. Rachel Held Evans blogs about the Great Disappointment, as does Marc Cortez. Scott Bailey posts about the piece in [Read More…]


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