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Mar 09, 2007

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Dana Ames

Great stuff.

Wright says that our theology is most fully informed by our eschatology. Everywhere I look, I find evidence to confirm this. Stevens does it too.

This is so important. We can't even go there if we believe that this earth will be burned up and thrown in the cosmic refuse bin.

Dana

Michael W. Kruse

The corresponding problem from the mainline tradition has been silence. Mainliner pastors are extremely reticent to talk about eschatology. I think that part of it is that some fear that talking about “end times” will make the look unsophisticated to the educated in their congregations. Some fear that those who are opposed to evangelicalism will be turned off by talk about a “second coming” no matter what is said. I think still others know that so many in their congregations have bought into distorted “end times” stuff that they don’t want to face the effort and possible conflict it will take to bring corrective teaching. Whatever the case, I rarely see eschatology addressed in mainline contexts. So the options are often warped eschatology versus no eschatology. Both leave is in a very bad place.

Michael W. Kruse

I should also add that what Steven's makes so wonderfully clear is that it is not about evangelism and social justice. The mission is the restoration of communion, community, and co-creativity. Evangelism and social justice are part of the work we do to bring about the end but they are not the ends themselves. That is so critical for the Church to grasp.

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