Formation episode 9 - Naming the Antichrist
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Apocalyptic texts emerged as resistance literature in the Jewish story. The role of the prophet in apocalyptic texts is not really to predict the future, but to interpret the present. Walter Brueggemann suggests that prophets offer us new imagination, or put another way, the prophet offers alternative scripts or narratives to the dominant narrative that is thrust upon us by the powers and empires around us. Apocalyptic texts often emerged when there was extreme tension between the claim that God is good and is sovereign, and the realities of human suffering. Apocalyptic texts are one way to wrestle with the question of ‘if God is good and is in control, then why doesn’t God put a stop to evil?”