Archive for the 'Eschatology' Category

DBH and the necessity of universalism

As happens with many of us who begin to see the rationale behind universalism, David Bentley Hart has lately been introducing apokatastatis into more big picture discussions of Christian doctrine. For instance, yesterday at the Creation Out of Nothing: Origins and Contemporary Significance conference at Notre Dame, Hart gave a talk that began with creation ex nihilo particularly in regard to the problem of evil, […]

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Roger Olson and David Bentley Hart on universalism

A few months ago I responded to a post concerning universalism on Roger Olson’s blog. What I want to focus on is not the post itself but a discussion in the comments section of the post (N.B. for clarification I have made a couple minor edits of my own comments below without always noting them. The originals […]

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Human Faces of God: apocalyptic contortions (part 2)

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 8: “Jesus Was Wrong” (part 2) As a preterist with a fully “realized eschatology”, I had no trouble with most of the discussion in the first part of my […]

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: apocalyptic contortions (part 1)

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 8: “Jesus Was Wrong” (part 1) I am a full-on, unapologetic non-inerrantist, and I was before reading this book. I have long maintained that the Bible is made […]

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

John MacArthur’s Flood geology and 2 Peter

John MacArthur, esteemed Fundamentalist pastor and author, thinks that 2 Peter 3.3-7 was written as a prophecy condemning modern geology and the principle of uniformitarianism. Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise […]

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

More reasons NOT to look like the early church

On a cue from Philip Harland, I found this remarkable passage showing an example of the perception that some pagans entertained of mid-second century Christians. It’s not pretty: [Cynics and Christians] divide and upset the household, and bring into collision those inside with each other, and tell them the worst ways to manage their household. […]

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Jesus’ eschatology and me

A reader wrote in recently and asked some really good questions about my eschatology, which I have described on this blog as preteristic. Preterism is the belief that all (or most) of the eschatological expectations of the writers of Scripture were directed at the events culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple. […]

Friday, January 8th, 2010