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In modern theology the last things of traditional Christian doctrine have largely been ignored or replaced with various metaphysical, psychological, or ethical reinterpretations of Christianity. This volume takes the biblical vision of the future seriously once again, explaining the significance of Christian eschatology for the faith and theology of the contemporary church.Written by nine front-ranking Christian thinkers, "The Last Things offers fresh interpretations of the major themes in eschatology. Wolfhart Pannenberg begins the volume by laying out the challenges of eschatological reflection in today's world. Carl E. Braaten speaks to our need to recover the apocalyptic imagination that defines both the early church and the gospel itself. Robert W. Jenson explores the nature of the eschaton. Paul D. Hanson discusses the relationship between the Bible and politics. Arland J. Hultgren looks at eschatology in the New Testament, particularly Jesus' own view of the future. David Novak compares and contrasts the Jewish and Christian approaches to God and history. John A. McGuckin focuses in depth on the book of Revelation. Philip D. W. Krey describes Martin Luther's understanding of the Apocalypse. Last, George L. Murphy asks what contributions science might make to the study of eschatology.Recognizing that the doctrine of the last things has been a source of disagreement in the history of the church, the contributors offer ecumenical perspectives on their respective topics, together casting a promising image of the future for the whole church.
Robert W. Jenson (DrTheol, University of Heidelberg) is former senior scholar for research at the Center of Theological Inquiry. He is the author of Systematic Theology: Volume 1: The Triune God (1997), Systematic Theology: Volume 2: The Works of God (1999), On Thinking the Human: Resolutions of Difficult Notions (2003), (with Solveig Lucia Gold) Conversations with Poppi about God: An Eight-Year-Old and Her Theologian Grandfather Trade Questions (2006) and coeditor (with Carl Braaten) of Christian Dogmatics. He has also written commentaries on Song of Songs (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) and Ezekiel (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).
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Carl E. Braaten (Th.D.,. Harvard University) is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and was executive director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. His many books, written and edited, include No Other Gospel! Christianity among the Worlds Religions and I Am the Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments.