Conclusion: Emerging Issues in Eschatology in the Twenty-First Century

Richard Bauckham

in The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

Published in print December 2007 |
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

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The most widely influential Christian theological work on eschatology in the later part of the twentieth century was undoubtedly that of Jürgen Moltmann. All theological eschatology in the early twenty-first century must be in at least implicit dialogue with Moltmann, however much, with Miroslav Volf, himself a pupil of Moltmann, it may situate itself “after Moltmann.” The kind of eschatology that Moltmann develops in his rich and complex book, The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology can be grouped into seven: Christological eschatology, integrative eschatology, redemptive eschatology, processive eschatology, theocentric eschatology, contextual eschatology, and politically and pastorally responsible eschatology. This article discusses emerging issues in eschatology in the twenty-first century, Christian eschatology and the metanarratives of progress, the myth of progress in the twenty-first century, the challenge of postmodernism, and eschatology and the arts.

Keywords: Moltmann; metanarratives; progress; postmodernism; arts; Christological eschatology; integrative eschatology; redemptive eschatology; theocentric eschatology; processive eschatology; contextual eschatology; responsible eschatology

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