The Millennial Maze
Jesus is coming back! On this evangelicals agree, but when will he return? Grenz provides historical, biblical and theological perspective on the four major positions held by evangelicals - postmillennialism, dispensational millennialism, historic premillennialism and amillennialism. 239 pages, from IVP....
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Jesus is coming back! On this evangelicals agree, but when will he return? Grenz provides historical, biblical and theological perspective on the four major positions held by evangelicals - postmillennialism, dispensational millennialism, historic premillennialism and amillennialism. 239 pages, from IVP.
Stanley J. Grenz describes four major views on the millennium held by evangelicals and assesses their strengths and weaknesses.
Jesus is coming back! On this issue Evangelicals are united.But ask, "When will he return? Before or after the millennium? What will the millennium be like? What exactly is our hope?" and you enter a bewildering maze of options all claiming to be the right one.In this book Stanley J. Grenz provides historical and biblical, as well as theological, perspective on the four major positions held by evangelicals--postmillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism and amillennialism. Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each position, he seeks to cut a new path through the maze that reaffirms the valid insights of each and sounds a fresh note of hope in an age of shattered illusions.As an added bonus readers will find that Grenz takes note of some of the latest development in dialog between dispensationalists and covenant theologians. The result has been some modifications in long-held positions that have brought the two groups closer together.
Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) received his D.Theol. at the University of Munich, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director, assistant pastor and pastor, in addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. From 1990 until his unexpected death, Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Grenz wrote or co-authored twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (2004). His other books include The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei (Westminster John Knox), Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context(with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics (IVP), A Primer on Postmodernism (Eerdmans), Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), Revisioning Evangelical Theology: A Fresh Agenda for the 21st Century (IVP), and The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options (IVP).
- 1. The Nearness Of The End: The Millennium Question In The Bible & In The Present
- 2. Anticipating The End: Millenarianism In The History Of The Church
- 3. Bringing In The Kingdom: The Heritage Of Postmillennialism
- 4. A Future Kingdom For Israel: The Ascendancy Of Dispensationalism
- 5. Millennial Blessings For The Church: Historical Premillennialism
- 6. A Golden Age Beyond Time: Amillennialism
- 7. Optimism--pessimism--realism: The Theological Significance Of The Millennium Issue
- 8. Our Present In The Light Of God's Future: The Significance Of Corporate Eschatology