Barbara Rossing on Apocalypse Now: Revelation So No One is “Left Behind"

October 18, 2012

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Barbara Rossing

The Reverend Barbara Rossing is professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and has written from a theological perspective on such topics as apocalypse, church and society, ecology, homosexuality, peace and justice, the book of Revelation, and the Middle East. Her book The Rapture Exposed: the Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation is a trenchant critique of fundamentalist “Left Behind” theology.

Rossing has taught at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago since 1994. She was ordained in 1982, then served as pastor and chaplain at Harvard University Divinity School. Rossing has lectured and preached widely, has served on the executive committee of the Lutheran World Federation (2003-2010), and chaired the Lutheran World Federation's theology and studies committee.
 
Her other publications include The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride, and Empire in the Apocalypse (1999), two volumes of the New Proclamation commentary for preachers (2000 and 2004), and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse and ecology.
 
Established more than 50 years ago, the Niebuhr Lecture is held in honor of two of Elmhurst College’s most esteemed alumni, theologians Reinhold Niebuhr, Class of 1910, and his brother, H. Richard Niebuhr, who graduated from Elmhurst in 1912 and served as the College’s sixth president (1924-1927). The Niebuhrs are widely acknowledged to be among the foremost American theologians of the 20th century.
 
Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The college’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 23 undergraduate academic departments and 11 graduate degree programs.
 
Recorded Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Elmhurst College.