Revelation in Pop Culture – Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around

So, our Sunday School class is going to start talking about Revelation. I am looking for various (mis)uses of the book surrounding us… This sorta fits:

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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5 thoughts on Revelation in Pop Culture – Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around

  1. According to Vivian Liberto in I Walked the Line, Cash’s “Ring of Fire” is “about a certain private female body part.” Now, that one should be a real revelation to the Sunday School class!

    • a burning ring of fire… there is medication for that!

      One of the things I want to introduce is how our vision of Revelation influences pop culture and the reverse. So… Thoughts?

  2. The Book of Revelation probably as less influence on modern and post-modern pop culture than does the underlying themes of good and evil. This tradition is threads through the entire Bible. A classic example from Christianity is the confrontation between Martin Luther and Johann Eck. Then, there was the subsequent battle over works versus faith. The notion of good versus evil also extends to Catholicism versus Protestantism in addition to Christianity versus Islam. In each case, one thinks of itself as good while disparaging the other as evil.

    The theme of good versus evil has a strong tradition in classic literature as well as in subsequent mass entertainment. Often there is a protagonist pitted against an antagonist. Even when the former is an existential hero, he or she is often portrayed as good while the latter is cast as evil.

    The theme also extends into the realm of politics. Much of the recent gridlock in Washington exists because each side is convinced of the rightness of its cause and the diabolical designs of those on the other side of the aisle.

    The concept also permeates the social sciences. A good example is the battle over spanking in which those opposed to the practice accuse parents not willing to spare the rod of abuse and sexual perversion while those condoning the tradition see their antagonists as godless fiends.

    The motif of good versus is often seen in socioeconomic debates. While the poor tend to think of the rich has having sold their soul to Satan, as Jesus was tempted to do, the more affluent are inclined to disdain the poor as thieves out to get something for nothing. Jesus addressed the latter issue in Mark 10:17-25 and Luke 16:19–31. Meanwhile, in various places, Paul warned against indolence among believers.

    Notions of good and evil can split a church like a 30-ton log splitter busting cord wood. It can keep doing it until there is nothing is left but spiritual toothpicks.

  3. Mis-using the Book of Revelation?

    Just get anything from Tim LaHaye or John Hagee. :)

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