Empathy Through Embodying Biblical Texts: Resisting Empire Course

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Author, educator, theologian, and thought leader, C Wess Daniels has invited Peterson to help kick off a six week on-line study of Poverty, and the Book of Revelation in the Time of Covid19. Peterson will outline the process he takes to humanize and embody Biblical characters.

Daniels writes:

Friends, I am hosting an online study of my new book, “Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance,” and the Book of Revelation in the time of Covid19 and I want to invite you to consider participating.

I am interested in these three questions with this course: how does can the bible be used as a tool for building a social movement by, of, and for the poor; what do you say to people who believe this is the “end times” and use Revelation to justify all manner of bad behaviors and ideas; and how do we as people of faith and good conscience work to resist empire in this moment?

I will run this as a free 6-week online course that will meet weekly for an hour, with some optional readings to do in between. We will use, “Resisting Empire,” and the Book of Revelation as the main texts for the course.

Peterson is the co-host of Bible Bash Podcast. He is currently offering his film, Transfigurations–Gender Outlaws in the Bible, for free streaming.

If you would like to have Peterson visit one of your classes, see his current on-line offerings.

After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to become masculine and heterosexual through conversion therapy, Peterson Toscano came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights. His film,Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible explores the stories of gender non-conforming Bible characters; his Bible scholarship has been featured in The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America.

Transfigurations accomplishes several fairly extraordinary things. It speaks into the fraught intersection of religion and LGBTQ issues, and, without pretending neutrality, welcomes audience members with widely divergent perspectives. It is accessible to people who have never cracked open a Bible, while offering meaningful insights to biblical scholars and other experts. It is intellectually rigorous but grounded in emotion, spirit, and body.

Kody Gabriel Hersh
, Friends Journal


Featured Photo: P. Toscano Tablas Island, Philippines

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