Monday, May 19, 2008

The End of the World as We Know It?

An article I wrote for about various Christian views of the end-times (eschatology) received a lot of visits when first published. Rather than delve into speculation about details of end of the world scenarios, however, I explain the basic Christian perspectives on the end-times, briefly and fairly, covering the primary views of the millennium and the rapture.

In the article I quote theologian Millard Erickson in reference to two terms he's come up with regarding our approach to the end-times. "Eschatomania" is a tendency to place too much attention on end-times issues and speculations such that eschatology becomes the primary focus. Conversely, Erickson warns against "eschatophobia," which entails fear or aversion to issues of eschatology. "Somewhere between the two extremes of preoccupation with and avoidance of eschatology," writes Erickson, "we must take our stance."

Here's the link to my article, The End of the World as We Know It?.

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