E 136 The Ethics of the Book of Revelation


The Book of Revelation is uniquely challenging to read for ethics. The variety of interpretations is so wide that it raises the question as to whether it even makes sense to talk of 'the' ethics of Revelation.

This study looks at some ways in which Revelation has been read ethically, and then turns to the text in detail to see whether it does in fact allow or resist certain ethical positions. The metaphorical nature of the book might not offer an ethic as such, but a paradigm for developing an ethic in our own particular context.

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Author: Revd Dr Ian Paul

Ian is a theologian, writer and speaker. He is Associate Minister at St Nic's, Nottingham and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. A Mac user and chocoholic he Tweets at @Psephizo and writes an award-winning blog at He is married to Maggie, who is a GP in Derbyshire, and they have three children. He completed a PhD on the Book of Revelation, and then spent eight years on the staff of St Mary's, a town centre church in Poole, Dorset followed by nine years as Dean of Studies at St John's College, Nottingham.

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