Short Writing #2: Encountering Revelation

After reading the book IN ONE SITTING, respond to the following questions. Please write substantively in your responses.

What images from mainstream American popular culture surrounding The End can be found in Revelation? Give at least three examples and note where you have seen these show up.




2. Briefly discuss how reading Revelation in its entirety in one sitting alters how one views this book by responding to these two questions:

a. What previous ideas or assumptions about Revelation were addressed or challenged by this reading?

b. What were some new insights gained by reading it this way?

3. If you had to answer the question, “What is Revelation about?” what would you say in one substantive paragraph?

4. For you as a reader, which section was most powerful? What made it so striking?

5. Ultimately, in its context for first century Christians, is Revelation a book of hope, despair, or something else? Why?

6. Finally, add any other meaningful connections or thoughts you might have about this experience. (OPTIONAL)

In this assignment, you will be writing an interdisciplinary reflection essay centering around the social sciences discipline of communications. You will find detailed instructions below in the box entitled “Reflection Essay Assignment Instructions.” Follow the details of those assignment instructions very closely.

This reflection essay is NOT a research paper. You do not need to go online or to the library to find information about this topic. You will not need to cite references at the end of your paper or make in-text citations.

A reflection essay deals with information from your personal experience, observations of the world around you, your workplace, and your community. We want to hear your voice and your words on this topic. For the essay to be interdisciplinary, it must include more than one discipline, so you will be asked to reflect on different disciplinary aspects of the music that you love the most. Those disciplines are specified in the instructions below in the box entitled “Reflection Essay Assignment Instructions.”


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