Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Bible in American Life$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Philip Goff, Arthur Farnsley, and Peter Thuesen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190468910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190468910.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 23 August 2019

Reading the Bible in War and Crisis to Know the Future

Reading the Bible in War and Crisis to Know the Future

(p.107) 9 Reading the Bible in War and Crisis to Know the Future
The Bible in American Life

Matthew Avery Sutton

Oxford University Press

American evangelicals, who rank among the most consistent Bible readers, have been using the sacred text to understand the future, most often by interpreting the present, for the last 150 years. Rather than producing anxiety or fear, reading the most apocalyptic sections of the Bible has brought comfort to Christians struggling through some of the most tumultuous periods in history. This essay focuses on the ways evangelical Christians have turned the Bible into a tool that has allowed them to make sense of the disorder they witness around them in order to anticipate what is coming next, at home and around the globe. This interpretive method has provided millions of people with an unwavering sense of confidence and absolute authority. It has also allowed evangelicals to navigate a chaotic and seemingly meaningless world with purpose, significance, and incentive for action.

Keywords:   Antichrist, apocalypse, Armageddon, Bible, evangelicalism, second coming

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .