Oct 26, 2008

Eschaton, Eschatology

Derived from the Greek term meaning “last,” eschaton refers to the ultimate climax or end of history wherein Christ returns to earth to establish his eternal kingdom of righteousness and justice among all nations. Eschatology, then is the theological study that seeks to understand the ultimate direction or purpose of history as it moves toward the future, both from an individual perspective (What happens when a person dies?) and from a corporate perspective (Where is history going, and how will it end?).

Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki, & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), 46.

2 comments:

Philip Miller said...

Hi Dan.
I happen to know :)that you grew up in a church where pre'trib was canonized in the church's statement of faith and that you went to a seminary that is solidly in that camp. And yet I also percieve that many younger envangelical scholars are moving away from a strong pre-trib position, or are at least sympathetic to other views/system. I'd be interested in any thoughts/evaluation you have on where you see the evangelical church headed on this doctrine. Will we always be so splintered or is there some consensus emerging in the near future?

The Blossers said...

Hi Philip! Great to hear from you! You've asked a superb question which deserves a full response, probably as its own post. Check back lata.