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Christian Eschatology

What is the End of the World ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every year of the calendar, for ages and ages, up to and including this year, there have been religious persons convinced that the end of the world wa...

Will Heaven Be Boring?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.25.2016 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

In a Gary Larson Far Side cartoon, a man in heaven sits on a cloud wishing he brought a magazine. The heaven of pop-culture cliché--white robes, ange...

What I Believe About the End of the World

Ryan Phipps | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

Sagan did not believe that the end of civilization would come about by the will of a god or gods. He believed it would come about by the actions of human beings.

The Convergence of the Past, Present and Future in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

All we really have is the present, while our actions today are motivated by our recollection of the many yesterdays behind us. These memories, stories, and myths matter. We need to learn about them.

Not Enough Time: A Modern Eschatology

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Modern American life has conflated the end of time with everyday time. We are living each day in a panic as though it is the last day. We experience each moment as though it is a deadline, an end, a final chance for productivity. We are not waiting for The End Of Time to live at the end of time.

10 Observations About Jehovah's Witnesses And The Book Of Revelation

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Despite wide circulation of their scripture, few nonmembers ever see the Watch Tower Bible and its commentary because of the organization's reclusive nature.

Living In The Present, Imagining The Future

Scott MacDougall | Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

What if we allowed ourselves to imagine the resurrection of Jesus really is what the church claims it to be: the first movement in God's symphony of all-embracing love and reconciliation?

'Hellbound?' And The Simulation Of Divine Violence As An Obstacle To Peace

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

On a practical peacebuilding level, where pseudo-religious loyalties are a factor, the film deftly underscores the influence of shallow, self-serving, destructive End Times ideologies on one's behavior.

Christian Illogic: Life After Death

Scott MacDougall | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

Over time, Christian hope for life after death eventually became even more incredible, as people began to realize that bodies, in some form, are required for anything worthy of the name "life."

Apple, LSD And The Kingdom Of God: A Review Of Walter Isaacson's 'Steve Jobs'

Lee C. Camp | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

In addition to his famed tirades was Jobs' "reality distortion field." Jobs would draw a picture of the world that seemed to defy all reality. At worst, he simply lied. At best, he cast a vision of what could be and then got others caught up in making that vision a new reality.

Structural Marginality in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats(Matthew 25:31-46)

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.23.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As an African American that knows historically the Jim Crow system of segregation affirmed by the case of Plessy v. Ferguson which made it the law of the land in separating us from having the opportunities of those who felt privileged to exercise such power.

Who Am I? Bodies, Souls And Identity

Scott MacDougall | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

We are the story of everything that we did and that happened to us in and as this body, over time and change, whether we remember it or not, whether others remember it or not.

Revelation In Context: Letters And Symbols

Greg Carey | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

No one understands all of Revelation's numbers and symbols. Still, almost all interpreters have come to a common assessment of several keys: the Lamb, the Beast, the Great Prostitute, the Other Beast and the New Jerusalem.

Desiring The End Of The World

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The more I think about the people who are placing their hope in the current end-of-the-world scheme, the less I want to laugh at them and the more I feel compassion.

Believers Warn Neighbors Of Impending Doom On May 21

Posted 06.25.2011 | Religion

By Kathleen O'Brien Religion News Service (RNS) Give these billboards credit: They don't hedge their bet. Judgment Day is coming May 21, 201...

Apocalypse Now? A Christian Understanding Of The End Times

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.27.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Of course, Christians have been proclaiming the nearness of Jesus' return ever since there have been Christians. So far, one might conclude, Jesus has been uninterested in taking the bait.

What's Real About The Rapture?

John R. Coats | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
John R. Coats

Around 1830 John Nelson Darby, having selected scripture passages from Daniel, Revelation, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and elsewhere, pasted them together, called them a whole, and invented the Rapture, a word not found in the Bible.

Nuclear Disarmament and 'End Time' Theology

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Christians can bet on a supernatural rescue for themselves and their kind and wait for the cataclysm, or they can dedicate themselves to compassionate action to alleviate suffering and injustice, to creating a better world.

The End Is Not Nigh: Take a Deep Breath and Move On

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Schweitzer

Predictions of the Apocalypse or its personal equivalent of a direct path to heaven have been a common theme throughout human history. We seem determined to keep ourselves in a constant state of preparation for the end of time.

The End of Times: Do Scientists and Fundamentalists Concur?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

You might think that scientists and Evangelicals have nothing in common. But you'd be wrong. Large numbers of both agree on one thing: the end is near.

Needed: Christians Thinking Differently About the Future

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

We could see in the coming years the emergence of a new kind of eschatology -- fresh, different, wiser biblically, more mature theologically, and more responsible ethically.