Hope Against Hope: Christian Eschatology at the Turn of the Millennium  -     By: Richard Bauckham, Trevor Hart
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Hope Against Hope: Christian Eschatology at the Turn of the Millennium

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1999 / Paperback

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The hopes by which the modern West has lived are widely understood to have failed. At the outset of the third millennium, we see the ideology of historical progress for what it is: a myth that can no longer provide humanity with grounds for true hope. In Hope Against Hope Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart present a way forward through a radical faith in a global future that is in God's hands. Using the present failure of secular hope as the context for a renewal of the Christian vision for the future, Bauckham and Hart seek to re-source Christian hope from its rich heritage of biblical promises and their interpretation in the Christian tradition. In a fresh and skillful way they explore the major images of eschatology such as the Antichrist, the millennium, the last judgment, and the kingdom of God, while proposing the category of imagination as the key to understanding their significance today. The authors insist throughout on the cosmic scope of Christian eschatology, writing of God's future not just for individuals but for the whole creation, and they explore the relevance of such an eschatology for Christian living in the present.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 233
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0802843913
ISBN-13: 9780802843913

Publisher's Description

The hopes by which the modern West has lived are widely understood to have failed. At the outset of the third millennium, we see the ideology of historical progress for what it is -- a myth that can no longer provide humanity with grounds for true hope. In Hope against Hope Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart present a way forward -- through a radical faith in a global future that is in God's hands.

Using the present failure of secular hope as the context for a renewal of the Christian vision for the future, Bauckham and Hart seek to re-source Christian hope from its rich heritage of biblical promises and their interpretation in the Christian tradition. In a fresh and skillful way they explore the major images of eschatology -- the Antichrist, the millennium, the last judgment, the kingdom of God, and others -- proposing the category of imagination as the key to understanding their significance today. The authors insist throughout on the cosmic scope of Christian eschatology, writing of God's future not just for human individuals but for the whole creation, and they explore the relevance of such an eschatology for Christian living in the present.

A thoroughly interdisciplinary work that integrates biblical study, systematic theology, and astute analysis of contemporary Western culture, Hope against Hope is unique in offering a heartening look at the future from the perspective of life today.

Author Bio

Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testamentstudies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, seniorscholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and fellow of both theBritish Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor of divinity at St. Mary's College, University ofSt. Andrews in Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

Princeton Seminary Bulletin
"A readable, consistent diagnosis and proposed cure for the infirmities of Christian eschatological hope."

Theological Studies
"Hope Against Hope is a powerful apologia for the Christian hope in the transcendent fulfillment of history by the God of Jesus."

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