The Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr Society of Fellows Distinguished Visiting Scholar Barbara Rossing
Date: March 13, 2007 Location: Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
“Ecology and Apocalypse: Is This the End of the World?”
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber
Barbara R. Rossing is Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she has taught since 1994. She holds a doctorate in New Testament from Harvard Divinity School, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and a BA from Carleton College with a major in Geology—which she describes as “majoring in field trips.”
She is the author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Westview Press, 2004), featured on CBS’s “Sixty Minutes” as a critique of fundamentalist “Left Behind” theology. She has also appeared on the National Geographic Channel, a History Channel special, “Countdown to Armageddon,” ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, WBUR’s “On Point” and other radio shows. She lectures widely. In January 2007 she will speak at Trinity Institute Wall Street in New York, on the topic of “God’s Unfinished Future: Why it matters Now.”
Her publications include The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse (Trinity Press, 1999) as well as articles and book chapters on Revelation and ecology, and most recently “Prophets, Prophetic Movements and the Voices of Women” in A People’s History of Christianity (Fortress Press, 2005).
Barbara has worked as a Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park in Southwestern Colorado; chaplain to Harvard Divinity School, and pastor at the Holden Village retreat center Washington’s Cascade Mountains. She is an avid hiker and environmentalist. She is currently on sabbatical leave, writing a book on ecology and apocalypse, the subject of her talk today.