Thursday, April 03, 2008

Peter Bolt: Living with the Underworld

Dr. Peter Bolt of Moore Theological College has a new book out called, Living with the Underworld which is published by Matthias Media (Australia and USA). The blurb includes:

Do these words speak of a frightening spiritual reality? Or are they the silly remnants of a more superstitious age?

The modern world seems to lurch between these two attitudes. At one level, we have never been more sceptical about ghosts and demons and Satan. And yet there are many, even in Western societies, who are deeply fearful of evil spiritual forces. There are yet more still who find the topic fascinating and endlessly devour movies and TV shows that exploit these ideas and themes.
Christians also often swing between paying the devil far too much attention, and not enough. Some Christian groups become obsessed with notions of ‘spiritual warfare’ and ridding people of demons, whilst other Christians regard such talk—even though it is found in the Bible—as outdated and part of the superstitious misunderstanding of the world from less enlightened, less scientific times.

In Living with the Underworld, the head of New Testament Studies at Moore Theological College, Peter Bolt, takes readers on a breathtaking journey through the spiritual underworld revealed in the pages of Scripture, and shows how Jesus came to reveal its true nature, neutralize its power, and liberate us to live without fear.

Living with the Underworld does not dismiss the Scriptural evidence of the spiritual underworld, but nor does it go beyond what we can know about that realm. Peter Bolt explores what God reveals to us in the Bible, and very helpfully points us to the power and significance of the cross. In so doing, he reveals a little-understood framework for understanding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus—a framework that will enlarge and enlighten evangelical thinking.

1 comment:

Ro Mody said...

I have recently submitted a PhD at Aberdeen on Evil Powers and Idols in 1 Cor 8 & 10. I think it is possible that the demons in 1 Cor 10:20f are the spirits of the dead giants ( of Gen 6 infamy, and interpreted in 1 En. Jub. 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude and many church fathers, and perhaps in 1 Cor 11:10)