Christian Eschatology is a Serious Façade
Posted by NT Wrong on April 22, 2008
One of the weird things about Christian eschatology, at least in its traditional forms, is that it wants to affirm two opposite things at once. On the one hand, God is engaged in a serious battle with the forces of evil. But on the other hand, God is ultimately in control and absolutely beyond threat.
“Christianity involves the paradox of a life-and-death struggle of which the ultimate issue is never for one moment in doubt.”
– H. E. W. Turner, The Patristic Doctrine of Redemption: A Study of the Development of Doctrine during the First Five Centuries (London: Mowbray, 1952), 61.
The Christian narrative of salvation always steers between outright dualism and mere façade. And not very well.
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