The Rapture Exposed by Barbara R. Rossing
The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

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The idea of “The Rapture”—the return of Christ to rescue and deliver Christians off the earth—is an extremely popular interpretation of the Bible’s Book of Revelation and a jumping-off point for the best-selling “Left Behind” series of books. This interpretation, based on a psychology of fear and destruction, guides the daily acts of thousands if not millions of people worldwide. In The Rapture Exposed, Barbara Rossing argues that this script for the world’s future is nothing more than a disingenuous distortion of the Bible. The truth, Rossing argues, is that Revelation offers a vision of God’s healing love for the world. The Rapture Exposed reclaims Christianity from fundamentalists’ destructive reading of the biblical story and back into God’s beloved community.

About Barbara R. Rossing

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Rossing is Asst Prof of New Testament, Luthan School of Theology, Chicago
Published March 30, 2007 by Basic Books. 242 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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While Rossing's scholarly work is well organized and obviously carefully thought out, evangelicals may take issue with the blanket statement that "most Christian churches and biblical scholars condemn Rapture theology as a distortion of Christian faith with little biblical basis."

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They are part of a canon of laws that was put together - by God, if you will allow me that for a minute - to instruct and protect a specific national group during a time when that group was at risk of extermination - the Israelites, God's chosen people.

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