By Gregory Stevenson
An creation to the literary and theological message of Revelation utilizing the themes of evil and pain as a conceptual organizer, which gives readers a right away connection among this historic textual content and their lives.
Although frequently learn as a e-book of esoteric visions concerning the finish of time, the ebook of Revelation is admittedly the most suitable books within the Bible for Christian religion within the twenty-first century. Evil and agony are an unavoidable element of human event and so they generate a number of questions by way of these trying to be trustworthy in the course 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 acceptable reaction of religion to this sort of world?
In ''A Slaughtered Lamb,'' Greg Stevenson argues that the ebook of Revelation addresses such questions and the stress that's created among our religion and our stories of evil and ache. revelation is a publication that reminds us that God is devoted to his construction, that demanding situations us to soak up the decision for trustworthy witness in a opposed international, and that finds to us that God's fundamental reaction to evil and ache 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 individuals.
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Extra resources for A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering
The existence and persistence of evil exposes the limitations of the scientific project. Evil resists quantification. It defies expectation. It does not fit neatly within a rational worldview because evil is not rational. ” An increasing number of theologians and philosophers, however, are beginning to question the whole enterprise. They suggest that accepting the problem of evil as classically stated is itself problematic, that seeking a systematic and rational explanation for evil (and suffering) fails to do justice both to the witness of Scripture and to human experience.
A process theodicy takes the limitations on God’s sovereignty to a greater extreme by denying God’s omnipotence altogether. Essentially God does not do away with evil because he cannot. 15 Thus, creation is about God struggling to achieve order out of chaos. 16 A process theodicy does not accept the self-limitation of God that characterizes free-will theodicies, instead viewing the limitation of God’s power as a genuine lack of omnipotence. In essence God is doing the best he can as he continues working to bring order out of chaos.
12 Boesak writes: “People who do not know what oppression and suffering is react strangely to the language of the Bible. The truth is that God is the God of the poor and the oppressed. . Because they are powerless, God will take up their cause and redeem them from oppression and violence. ”13 Both of these readings have value as the symbolic nature of Revelation’s language allows for diversity of interpretation. As I will argue later, one reason John may have chosen to communicate through the apocalyptic genre is because apocalyptic symbolism is capable of speaking both to the comfortable and to the afflicted simultaneously.
A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering by Gregory Stevenson