Millenium?

There are three main views about how things will unfold towards the end of time. Pre-millennialism This is the belief that Christ will return and reign on earth for a thousand years prior to the final battle against evil and judgement day.  There are a few variations on the theme. First, we might distinguish historic-pre-millennialism,… Continue reading Millenium?

It’s the future not the past: The problem with Preterism

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In a previous article I argued that eschatology does matter because it can affect other aspects of belief and practice in the church.  In so doing, I mentioned a few specific examples of eschatological positions.  One I mentioned was Preterism. This is the view that most, if not all prophecies concerning the Parousia or appearing/second… Continue reading It’s the future not the past: The problem with Preterism

Getting the ending right?

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Would you leave a church if you disagreed with its position on eschatology, or would you be happy to stay?  Is it okay for a church not even to have an agreed position on eschatology and to allow elders to come to different conclusions? Eschatology is concerned with “the last things” and so doctrinally it’s… Continue reading Getting the ending right?

Starting points for a messy world

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Here’s the first episode of our new podcast series on “How do we know?” As we begin to delve into some Systematic Theology or “doctrine.” One of my aims is to make theological training and teaching more accessible and the podcast is one way of doing this. YouTube Audio

Sinners in the hand of an angry God? A response to Beth Moore

Sinners in the hands of an angry God is the title of a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, the New England preacher and pastor associated with the Great Awakening.  It is a controversial one in our day and age. Steve Chalke particularly objected to it in his book, The Lost Message of Jesus. Now, Beth Moore… Continue reading Sinners in the hand of an angry God? A response to Beth Moore

How consistent are modern views of a spiritual resurrection of Jesus with the evidence of the gospels?

One of the major fault lines within Christian Theology in recent times has been over the statement “I believe in the resurrection.”  What does it mean to claim this?[1] Many Christians would insist that this means that Jesus rose physically from the dead.  However, a number of theologians have argued that this is not necessary. … Continue reading How consistent are modern views of a spiritual resurrection of Jesus with the evidence of the gospels?

A virgin birth and “a conjuring trick with bones”?

A Christmas and Easter tradition on social media seems to be to refer back to the infamous Bishop of Durham, Rev Dr David Jenkins who in the 1980s allegedly denied the virgin birth and the resurrection of Jesus.  I say allegedly because I note that there have been significant attempts to defend Jenkins.  Those defences… Continue reading A virgin birth and “a conjuring trick with bones”?

Can we really know God? More on incomprehensibility and the inner life of God

I want to say a little bit more about how and what we know about God following on from the article I wrote the other day and some further discussion.  In the first article we observed the following: All of this means, I believe that describing Eternal Generation as revelation does not make the Son… Continue reading Can we really know God? More on incomprehensibility and the inner life of God