Reading Revelation Responsibly : Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation
Reading Revelation Responsibly is for those who are confused by, afraid of, and/or preoccupied with the book of Revelation. In rescuing the Apocalypse from those who either completely misinterpret it or completely ignore it, Michael Gorman has given us both a guide to reading Revelation in a responsible way and a theological engagement with the text itself. He takes interpreting the book as a serious and sacred responsibility, believing how one reads, teaches, and preaches Revelation can have a powerful impact on one's own--and other people's--well-being. Gorman pays careful attention to the book's original historical and literary contexts, its connections to the rest of Scripture, its relationship to Christian doctrine and practice, and its potential to help or harm people in their life of faith. Rather than a script for the end times, Gorman demonstrates how Revelation is a script for Christian worship, witness, and mission that runs counter to culturally embedded civil religion.
- 01 Dec 2011
- Mosaic Press
- Preston, VIC, Australia
About Michael J. Gorman
Dr. Michael J. Gorman is Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, where he has responsibility for 300 students and 40 part-time faculty members from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. He is also Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Mary's, holding a joint appointment in the school's Ecumenical Institute and its Roman Catholic seminary. Dr. Gorman earned his B.A. summa cum laude in French from Gordon College. He received the M.Div. and the Ph.D. cum laude in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was also a teaching fellow in New Testament and an instructor in New Testament Greek. Dr. Gorman's specialties are the letters, theology, and spirituality of Paul; the gospel of John; Revelation; and early Christian ethics. In addition, he has a strong interest in the relationship between church and culture. He joined the Ecumenical Institute of Theology faculty in 1991, becoming Associate Dean in 1993 and Dean in 1995. Dr. Gorman is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles on Biblical interpretation and on ethics. His books include Inhabiting the Cruciform God (2009); Reading Paul (2008); Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and his Letters (2004); Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross (2001); Elements of Biblical Exegesis (2001; rev. ed., 2009); and Abortion and the Early Church (1982; repr. 1998). A native of Anne Arundel County in Maryland, Dr. Gorman lives in Odenton, Maryland with his wife. They have three adult children. He is an active lay member in the United Methodist church and a frequent teacher and speaker in churches of many traditions.