Those are all questions that I rolled around in my head for a few months while contemplating devoting a substantial piece of time of my life to thinking about Eschatology. After some urging from a few trusted friends and a professor allowing me to use this site for class credit I decided tgo for it.
My hope for this space is to direct and provide a place for conversation regarding how our faith interacts daily with what believe regarding the end of the world. I think that our views on the end will affect how we view the rest of our faith. Jesus preached an eschatological message, that of the envisioned kingdom.I do think that the greater scope of Christianity (not just 20th Century Evangelicalism) offers a critique against rampant apocalypticism, especially that which has become so popular in the last few decades. I once had a friend ask me a question during a teaching time, "Chad, whats the end of the world going to be like?" This wasn't a probing question looking for a heavy theological message, but a question directed out of the need for hope. As Christians, we have an Eschatalogical hope that is about the fulfillment of the entire created order.
This man named Jesus of Nazareth spoke of hope. His message was directed to those who had lost hope, and to a religious structure that was misdirected and man made. That model can be placed at many other points of time in the history of humanity, and it will also be one of the key places that I will use to direct what will hopefully be a communal look at the end of all things.
So we will end things with the Gloria Patri, a great statement grounded in Christian Eschatology.
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall ever be, world without end.
What is Eschatology?