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Eschatology

Trevor Hart

in The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369441
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195369441.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Eschatology

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Eschatology is generally understood as that part of Christian theology whose proper concern is with “the last things,” the things that will come last—not just in our theological manuals but in God's dealings with his creation. While eschatological doctrine certainly has to do with final destinies—of individual people, human history, and the cosmos as a whole—beyond the threshold of finitude and death, in a vital sense it is not just about the “end” (the final few pages) of the world's story, but about the story as a whole (past, present, and future) and individual parts of it read now consistently in the light of that promised end. Christian faith is fundamentally expectant, forward looking and forward moving, and theology in all its departments therefore is and must always be hope seeking understanding. This article deals with eschatology, revelation, imagination, immanence, optimism, transcendence, and Christian activism.

Keywords: Christian faith; theology; eschatology; God; Christian activism; revelation; imagination; immanence; optimism; transcendence

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Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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