Seven criticisms people have raised against Revelation

  1. Rudolf Bultmann considered the book a product of “a weakly Christianized Judaism.” Bauckham responds that Bultmann’s critique is more indicative of his anti-semitism and his rejection of all apocalyptic literature than any shortcoming of Revelation. (Beasley-Murray, DLNTD)
  2. Immanuel Kant criticized Revelation 10.6, which he interpreted to mean that time would cease to exist. (Murphy, 685)
  3. D. H. Lawrence said that the book vents the anger and envy of the weak against the strong, and against civilization and nature (Beasley-Murray, DLNTD)
  4. Martin Luther wrote, “My spirit cannot accomodate itself to this book. There is one sufficient reason for the small esteem in which I hold it — that Christ is neither taught nor recognized.” (Carson, Moo and Morris, 481). According to Thielman (681), Luther also wondered how we are to obey the book when nobody can even figure out what it is.
  5. Friedrich Nietzsche said that Revelation is “…the most rabid outburst of vindictiveness in all recorded history”, “…the repressed hatred of pious weaklings against the powerful.” (Hays, 169)
  6. Jack T. Sanders claimed that Revelation is an eschatological “retreat from ethical responsibility.” (Hays 169)
  7. Krister Stendahl called the book’s scenario a “script for a horror movie.” (Hays, 169)

Sources: G. R. Beasley-Murray, “Revelation, book of”, in Dictionary of Later New Testament Developments. (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997) Carson, Moo and Morris, An Introduction to the New Testament. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992); Richard B. Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament. (NY: Harper One, 1996); ”Revelation, Book of”, by Francesca Aran Murphy, in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), 680-687; Frank Thielman, Teología del Nuevo Testamento. (Miami: Editorial Vida, 2007);

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