Review: Eschatology

26314330Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches edited by D. Jeffrey Bingham and Gleen R. Kreider is a collection of twenty-eight essays, written by various contributors, divided into four major sections: (1) the doctrine of the future and its foundations, (2) the doctrine of the future in the Bible, (3) the doctrine of the future in the history of Christian thought, and (4) the doctrine of the future and Christian ministry. The project as a whole is a Festschrift in honor of Craig Alan Blaising on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday and begins with a brief biography written by Steven L. James.

Eschatology includes a number of well-known contributors generally associated with some form of dispensational theology (although this is not exclusively the case), such as, Charles C. Ryrie, Daniel I. Block, Mark F. Rooker, Darrell L. Bock, David L. Allen, Paige Patterson, David S. Dockery, R. Albert Mohler Jr., and many more. The essays are wide-ranging and informative, and while the undertone of the book is clearly favorable to a dispensational framework, all of the contributions are evenhanded and well-informed concerning the larger conversation. That is, these essays are not akin to some of the other, more radically inclined dispensational literature currently on the market.

The praises for this volume are numerous. I am personally not someone who subscribes to any form of dispensational theology, and yet I found several of the essays (indeed large sections of the book) to be more than beneficial with regards to eschatology in general. This was especially the case for me in the third section of the book that dealt with the doctrine of the future in the history of Christian thought. Here the essays trace the conversation from the Apostolic Fathers to the contemporary engagements and nearly everywhere between. Still, the most helpful and engaging section, I thought, was the discussion of the future in the Old and New Testament.

Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches edited by D. Jeffrey Bingham and Gleen R. Kreider is an excellent introduction to the study of the last things. This is a volume that will prove helpful for the pastor and interested layperson, as well as a possible introductory textbook for a seminary course. The contributors are well-respected and well-acquainted with the issues at hand, and the scope of these essays promises to provide something for all interested in the Christian doctrine of the future. While theological disagreement will be inevitable for those who have broken from pop culture Christianity, Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches will build a foundation worth reevaluation and consideration for years to come. It comes highly recommended!

 

I received a review copy of this books in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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