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  •  Also they forget to mention that (4+ / 0-)

    the Book of Revelation should have been suppressed, along with all the rest of the obviously non-Christian Apocalypse literature. As I have seen the tale recounted, too many Christians of the time thought that the John of Revelation was one of the other Johns of Jesus's time, particularly that he was John the beloved disciple.

    The "heretical" Apocalypse books are as varied as the "heretical" Gospels.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 12:16:37 PM PDT

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    •  I read one treatise that had Revelation (3+ / 0-)

      as a thinly-veiled political rant. It said, at the time Revelation was written, one could lose his life for speaking Truth to Power. So writers used metaphor and over-the-top descriptions to air their views and grievances. Knowledgeable people could recognize who was being written about. It was said Revelation was one of these political tracts that was added by a few people in power to the works that became the Bible.

      Could be. Don't know.

      "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:43:24 PM PDT

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      •  This is what we were taught (1+ / 0-)
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        in a Catholic uni, that Revelation was a rant against two specific emperors (Nero and Caligula?)

        I am an electrical engineer, run a reasonably high traffic server, and build autopilots and drones for a living. If you have technical questions, ask away and I will try to give a cogent answer.

        by spiritplumber on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:06:05 AM PDT

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        •  That was probably it. (1+ / 0-)
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          It was a long time ago that I'd perused the article. And it's been a long time since I read Revelation. But the depictions of some of the creatures mentioned would lend themselves well to metaphoric critique of human creatures. (Bugs with human heads? I know a few of those.)

          "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by Gentle Giant on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:42:02 AM PDT

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