Revelation and Resistance:
Reading the Apocalypse
in an Age of Empire
The New Testament book of Revelation remains one of the Bible's most troubling texts. Some read it as a prediction of the Antichrist while others dismiss it as a bizarre historical relic. Many choose not to read it at all!
This course will argue that Revelation does in fact have an important message for the contemporary church, but not in the way it is commonly understood. Rather, Revelation presents its readers with a call to resist Empire in all its forms, both ancient and modern, having faith in Christ alone. Beginning with its ancient Roman context, we will explore what that resistance meant in its own time, and what it might mean for us today.
Sunday, October 26, 9:15 - 10:15 AM
Session 1: "Revelation Then and Now: The Seven Churches of Asia and Fort Hill Presbyterian Church" (Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 Edgewood Avenue, Clemson, SC 29631, (864) 654-2061, hosted by Sojourners in the Club Room, Administration Building)
Sunday, October 26, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Program
Session 2: "The Heroine and the Whore: Reading Gender in John's Apocalypse"
(hosted by the Presbyterian Student Association at the Presbyterian Student Center, (864) 654-3705, 401 College Avenue just below Fort Hill Church, on the left, as you head away from campus next to the Catherine J. Smith Plaza).
Monday, October 27, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Session 3: "Apocalypse against Empire: Revelation in its Roman Context" (Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, hosted by Monday Study Group in the Library, Education Building)
Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Session 4: "Reading Revelation for Today: Possibilities and Perils'' (Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, hosted by the Christian Education Ministry in the Club Room, Administration Building)
The Seminary at The Fort is pleased to welcome Dr. Robert Williamson, Jr., as the Visiting Scholar for the Fall of 2014. Dr. Williamson is the Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from
Emory University, as well as a diploma in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and Clemson University, Dr. Williamson was nurtured in the faith at Fort Hill Presbyterian. He is currently co-editing Imagination, Ideology, and Inspiration: Biblical Studies after Wafter Brueggemann, anticipated publication in 2014.