Barbara Rossing to deliver lecture on 2 Peter 3, Revelation & global warming September 25, 2007

Does the Bible say the earth must end in fire? Based on 2 Peter 3, some fundamentalist Christians suggest that global warming may be God's will. But the idea of a world-destroying end-times fire is not found in any other New Testament text. In the face of accelerating global climate change and catastrophic Arctic melting, Rossing will interpret biblical apocalytic pronouncements as proclaiming the end of empire rather than the end of the creation. This lecture is part of a book Rossing is writing that explores the public role of biblical scholarship in mobilizing responses to the crisis of global climate change.

On Thursday, November 8, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing will deliver her inaugural lecture as full professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The free lecture, which begins at 7 p.m., is "‘Hastening the Day' When the Earth will burn? Global warming, 2 Peter 3, and a nature hike through the book of Revelation." It will be given in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.

Barbara R. Rossing is professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she has taught since 1994.

Rossing is a sought-after lecturer, preacher, and Bible study leader. She serves on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation, where she also chairs the Lutheran World Federation's theology and studies committee.

Her book, The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books, 2004), a critique of fundamentalist "Left Behind" theology continues to receive national attention. Other works include The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse (Trinity Press, 1999); two volumes of the New Proclamation commentary for preachers (Fortress Press, 2000 and 2004) and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse and ecology.


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