First Sundays: Faith Formation
Apr 18, 2021 at 11:15 AM
Organizer: Doug Kelly

Class Title: Recovering the Apocalyptic Imagination in the Book of Revelation


Class Description: 


The book of Revelation, often misread if read at all, is one of the strangest books in the Bible. It is also one of the most important books, revealing—with the end in view—how God is making all things new through Jesus Christ. Addressed to seven first-century churches, Revelation presents a vison of how these historical cities participate in a larger narrative about two spiritual cities. Both of these cities are present in the churches’ cities, but they have very different destinies: The deformed city of Babylon is falling as the transformed city of New Jerusalem is arriving. Revelation can help us see how our present cities participate in this same narrative, manifesting the evils of human empires as well as the greater glory and power of God’s kingdom.


Brief bio information:


Michael Paulus is dean of the library, assistant provost for educational technology, and associate professor of information studies at Seattle Pacific University. He and his family have been involved at Bethany since moving back to Seattle in 2011. Michael recently completed a doctorate in theology and technology, with a dissertation exploring the apocalyptic imagination as a resource for thinking about the future of artificial intelligence.