Apocalypse and Hope

This week I was listening to Philip Clayton debrief his book, The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Faith on the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast. Clayton is a progressive, Process theologian who refuses to give up on resurrection. Real resurrection, it seems. Not the sort of “redefine resurrection such that happy things are happening in your […]

Eschatology, Death, & Animals

What if Christianity’s great, final vision–where sin and death are no more but have been swallowed up forever–what if this great, final vision is not just for us? What if the specter of death is removed from all creation? What if this is indicative of a harmonious cosmos in which there is no fear of […]

Suffering and Redemption

The stories of the suffering Maccabees (see here and here) provide some interesting conceptual frameworks for making sense of how Jesus’ death might transform the standing of humanity before God. But there’s another piece that is not so clear in these passages–an important dynamic in early Judaism that suffuses the NT. Eschatology. E. P. Sanders […]

Jesus Eschatology

When I last made an impassioned plea for eschatology, I said that eschatology is what happens when the people of God, not seeing the promises of God with their own eyes, nonetheless continue to believe that God will make good on what God has promised. More specifically, I suggested that eschatology needs to be read […]

Don’t Give Up on Eschatology

With great confidence (and financial expenditure), May 21, 2011 is declared to be the day of Jesus’ return. Or the rapture. Or whatever. But, of course, it wasn’t. Neither was 1994 or 1982. When the obsession with eschatology (ideas about “the end”) produces such crazy results, it’s tempting to leave eschatology aside altogether. Let the […]

Eschatology is Everything

Eschatology. “The study of the end.” Or, “What we believe about The End.” In Christian circles, eschatology is drawn to the fore when people are predicting that the world will end on a particular date. Or when we are trying to convince someone to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior before it’s too late. […]