The following explanation of Natural Theology is sourced from the Gifford Lectures. Traditionally natural theology is the term used for the attempt to prove the existence of God and divine purpose through observation of nature and the use of human reason. Seen in a more positive light natural theology is the part of theology that does … Continue reading What Is Natural Theology?
Christ is the beginning and end of Christian experience. In the closing chapter of the Bible, from the lips of Jesus we hear: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
When it comes to the nations of this world, God doesn’t play favourites. I love this vision from the climax of the book of Revelation: “I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon … Continue reading All nations welcome
"Alpha and Omega" by Il-Grande-Iulio This symbol is inspired by Revelation 22:13 where Jesus declares, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." I quite like this overlapped design, as it's also somewhat suggesting of a communion chalice and the Trinity.
"Apocalyptic Key - The Seven Seals of St John" from Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie by Eliphas Levi The seven seals referenced here originate from a vision in the Revelation of John, the last book of the Bible. In it the seer writes, "I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the … Continue reading The Seven Seals by Eliphas Levi
I have been exploring Christian art based on the book of Revelation this weekend and, in the process of revisiting the text, I've been struck with how the two horned beast, the one that is given the number 666, is distinctly subordinate to both the seven headed dragon and the seven headed beast that comes … Continue reading Revisiting the beasts of Revelation
The following extract comes from, "Cultivating Visions through Exegetical Meditations" by Dan Merkur, an article from "With Letters of Light: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Jewish Apocalypticism, Magic, and Mysticism" by Daphna V. Arbel and Andrei A. Orlov (Eds.) What I found fascinating in this article is Merkur's suggestion of direct correlations between the letters to … Continue reading Cultivating Visions through Biblical Meditations
Have you ever been bamboozled by Christian millennial teachings and the jargon that goes along with them? I know I was when I first came across it. All this talk of pre-millennial, post-millennial and amillennial, of pre-tribulation or post-tribulation? I'm not surprised that some Christians say they're pan-millennial, as in, it will all pan out in the … Continue reading A comparison of Christian Millennial Teachings
Excerpt from N. T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God, Vol. 1 of the series "Christian Origins and the Question of God" (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992), pages 252-256. (iv) Types of Duality It is often said that some types of Judaism are characterized by 'dualism', or are in danger of falling into it. 'Apocalyptic' … Continue reading N. T. Wright on Dualism
"Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! ... The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:2-3) I don't know about you, but I get uncomfortable with the market mechanisms that hold up our economies, while exploiting everyone and everything they touch. What … Continue reading What is the cost of our economic success?
This image, by yiuokami, is called "In Difference". The artist explains the symbolism as follows: The radiant angel Inspired by a text in the bible that says the devil will present himself as an angel of light. It can be interpreted as the manifestation of all that is wrong with the human subconscious, with false guidance that … Continue reading The Art of Indifference
This is how the Woman and the Dragon is described in the book of Revelation: "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to … Continue reading The Woman and the Dragon