By Gregory Stevenson
An advent to the literary and theological message of Revelation utilizing the subjects of evil and anguish as a conceptual organizer, which gives readers a right away connection among this historical textual content and their lives.
Although usually learn as a booklet of esoteric visions concerning the finish of time, the e-book of Revelation is absolutely some of the most appropriate books within the Bible for Christian religion within the twenty-first century. Evil and agony are an unavoidable element of human adventure and so they generate a number of questions by way of these looking to be trustworthy in the middle of such stories. Why do Christians endure? How are we to appreciate God's sovereignty in a global of injustice, violence, and competition? what's the applicable reaction of religion to any such world?
In ''A Slaughtered Lamb,'' Greg Stevenson argues that the e-book of Revelation addresses such questions and the strain that's created among our religion and our reports of evil and affliction. revelation is a e-book that reminds us that God is devoted to his production, that demanding situations us to absorb the decision for trustworthy witness in a adverse global, and that finds to us that God's fundamental reaction to evil and soreness is to fulfill us within the type of a slaughtered lamb.
Ideal to be used as a school textbook for undergraduate/graduate scholars, as a source for pastors/ministry leaders, and as an creation to revelation for lay folks.
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Although both ideas find representation, it is the second way of reading that best fits the message of Revelation, given John’s consistent focus on the witness of Jesus as the model for the faithful witness to which he calls his own readers. Regardless, with this statement, John reveals that the essence of prophecy is not predictions of the future but the witness of Christ. By calling his work “prophecy” and then defining such prophecy as the “testimony of Jesus,” John discloses that Revelation is a book that is primarily about Jesus Christ.
Before surveying specific approaches, it is important to stress that, although earlier Christians struggled with many of these same issues, the modern approach to theodicy owes its origins to the seventeenth- century development known as the Enlightenment. Prior to the Enlightenment, Christian faith accepted evil as a component of human existence and thus the focus was on how to live faithfully in the light of such reality. With the growing Enlightenment perception of the world as a rational and highly ordered place, the need to make Christian faith intelligible within that world became critical.
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A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering by Gregory Stevenson