I just now started Michael J. Gorman’s new book, Reading Revelation Responsibly, and I’m pretty stoked. For so long, I’ve more or less avoided Revelation, not least because so many seem to deal with it irresponsibly. My mentality has been, I’ll stick with what’s more clear in the Bible.
This is the very mentality that Gorman seeks to address and alleviate. He immediately acknowledges the dangers and the wackos out there and promises a better way.
His introduction doesn’t say a whole lot more than just to clear the air and acknowledge everyone’s fears. But he does include some wonderful quotes from the history of interpretation of Revelation. These were my favorites from page one.
“Neither apostolic nor prophetic. … I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced [Revelation]. … Again, they are supposed to be blessed who keep what is written in this book; and yet no one knows what that is, to say nothing of keeping it. … Christ is neither taught nor known in it.” – Martin Luther
Revelation is “a book of riddles that requires a Revelation to explain it.” – Thomas Paine
Let the adventure begin!