Revelations, Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation

Origen 184-253 CE“From the end of the second century to the fourth, as the movement increasingly developed institutional structures, some Christian leaders began to divide “the saved” form “the damned” less in terms of how they act than whether they accept a certain set of doctrines and participate–or don’t– in specific religious communities…ever since, Christians have adapted his visions to changing times, reading their own social, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation Coverpolitical,and religious conflict into the cosmic war John’s apocalyptic visions so powerfully evoke…Left out are the visions that lift their hearers beyond apocalyptic polarities to see the human race as a whole—having the capacity for both cruelty and compassion. Those who championed John’s Revelation finally succeeded in obliterating visions associated with Origen, the father of the church, condemned as as a heretic some three hundred years after his death, who envisioned animals, stars, and stones, as well as humans, demons, and angels, sharing a common origin and destiny… Living in an increasingly interconnected world, we need such universal visions more than ever…” p. 173ff

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