For one who has never given much thought to the Apocalypse, it can be easy to toss it into a mental trash bin labeled as “unimportant questions and stuff.” The Rapture Exposed introduces the cultural phenomenon of Left Behind and the pressing threat and popularity of dispensationalism. Barbara Rossing’s book captivates the reader with stories of emotional turmoil suffered by people raised in the culture of rapture belief. Rossing goes beyond discussing culture, to provide a thoughtful commentary on Revelation. Through the book, Rossing ties her insight to American foreign policy in the Middle East. This paper is a reflection on the impact of each of these themes. Continue reading
I defy the Pope and all his laws; and if God spares my life, ere many years, I will cause the boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost.
These strong words were once uttered by William Tyndale, born around 1490 in Dursley, Gloucestershire. Tyndale is best known for being the first to translate the Scriptures from the original Hebrew and Greek, into a modern european language – English in his case. His translation was also the first to take advantage of the modern invention of printing, allowing it to be distributed widely, to the enlightenment of some, and anger of others. Continue reading