Eschatology Tag

I recently (as in the spring of 2012; wow, this post has been in draft for awhile!) gave a guest lecture in Bart Ehrman's Introduction to New Testament and Early Christian Literature class. Bart periodically has his senior students give a lecture or two for experience...

There's a pretty good post on how various eschatological perspectives have influenced American foreign policy decisions over at the New Jerusalem Community Blog. Though not exactly precise in terminology (identifying "premillennial" with "dispensational" when the former does not necessarily imply the latter), the blog is...

A good post over at the TCoJC blog compiles a list of quotations on eschatology from the church fathers. Unfortunately, the quotes are not in chronological order, but it is an interesting read nonetheless. (Missing from the list are the numerous quotes from church fathers talking about the pre-tribulation rapture and all the horrible events of the Great Tribulation that will precede the second coming—you know, all the stuff Tim Lahaye, Hal Lindsey, etc. have made large amounts of money talking about. Oh wait, never mind—that's because these teachings didn't exist in early Christianity.)

International strife, wars, rumors of wars, famines, and pestilence are not the "signs of the times." In fact, Jesus warns his disciples against being alarmed by these things or thinking they signal the end times. Amazingly, Jesus' words have been read to mean almost exactly...