on Apocalyptic Eschatology

Mike Bird post a great summary of an article Richard Hayes wrote on Why the Church needs Apocalyptic Eschatology.  Here are the points but you’ll have to read Mike’s summaries:

1. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to carry Israel’s story forward.

2. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology for interpreting the cross as a saving event for the world.

3. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology for the gospel’s political critique of pagan culture.

4. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to resist ecclesial complacency and triumphalism.

5. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology in order to affirm the body.

6. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to ground its mission.

7. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to speak with integrity about suffering and death.


[1] Richard B. Hays, “‘Why Do You Stand Looking Up Toward Heaven?’ New Testament Eschatology at the Turn of the Millennium,” in Theology at the Turn of the Millennium, eds. L.G. Jones and J.J. Buckley (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), 113-33.

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I enjoyed this and appreciate the healthy perspective on Christian Eschatology – it is a much needed breath of fresh air!

HT: Brian LePort