Responsible interpretation requires criticism of bad interpretations, even if we finally forgive the interpreters, however difficult it may be at times to establish criteria for such interpretations. . . .–Michael J. Gorman, "What Has the Spirit Been Saying? Theological and Hermeneutical Reflections on the Reception/Impact History of the Book of Revelation," in Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation, 22.
At the same time, Ellen Charry rightly points out that self-criticism is especially important for apocalyptic thinkers. I would add that self-criticism is important as well for interpreters of apocalyptic thinkers (such as commentators on Revelation) and for interpreters of interpreters of apocalyptic thinkers (such as historians of Revelation's reception).