The Limits of Hope and the Logic of Love: Essays on Eschatalogy and Social Action
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Though evangelical Christians are united in the eschatological hope of a new heaven and new earth, there is disagreement on the form and significance of this belief. In this thoughtful collection of essays, Stephen Williams traces the development of eschatological theology in recent decades, interacting with significant thinkers such as J|rgen Moltmann and in dialogue with fellow-evangelicals such as Miroslav Volf. He then argues that our exact beliefs about the world's future should affect our present activity less than many people think. Love, rather than speculation about the last things, should serve as the foundation of Christian social action and responsibility. Moreover, if social action is properly motivated by love, eschatological differences should not prevent Christians from working co-operatively with each other in matters of social activism.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Regent College Publishing
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.30 (inches)
ISBN: 1573833754
ISBN-13: 9781573833752

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Publisher's Description

Though evangelical Christians are united in the eschatological hope of a new heaven and new earth, there is disagreement on the form and significance of this belief. In this thoughtful collection of essays, Stephen Williams traces the development of eschatological theology in recent decades, interacting with significant thinkers such as Jrgen Moltmann and in dialogue with fellow-evangelicals such as Miroslav Volf. He then argues that our exact beliefs about the world's future should affect our present activity less than many people think. Love, rather than speculation about the last things, should serve as the foundation of Christian social action and responsibility. Moreover, if social action is properly motivated by love, eschatological differences should not prevent Christians from working co-operatively with each other in matters of social activism. Stephen N. Williams (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Revelation and Reconciliation and The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity.

Author Bio

Stephen N. Williams (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of systematic theology at Union Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Revelation and Reconciliation and The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity.

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“Does the Christian hope for the resurrection of the body provide eschatological warrant for Christian social action in the here and now? Stephen Williams courageously bucks the common evangelical trend by denying the validity of this link. Not everyone will agree with the rather sharp distinction that he draws between hope and love---with love being the virtue that ought to motivate social involvement. The inclusion of Miroslav Volf’s response is, therefore, a happy choice and will facilitate readers as they weigh the pros and cons of Williams’s argument. This book makes a welcome contribution that brings a new perspective to a longstanding theological debate.” —Hans Boersma, Regent College

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