By J. Richard Middleton
Winner of the be aware Guild Award for most sensible e-book in religious study (2014).
In fresh years, progressively more Christians have come to understand the Bible's instructing that the final word blessed desire for the believer isn't really an otherworldly heaven; as an alternative, it truly is full-bodied participation in a brand new heaven and a brand new earth introduced into fullness during the coming of God's country. Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key outdated testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the recent earth because the applicable Christian wish. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the adaptation a holistic eschatology could make for residing in a damaged world.
"Richard Middleton plunges boldly right into a most-treasured misreading of the Bible. He exhibits the best way 'other-worldly' wish of 'going to heaven' is a complete misinterpret of gospel religion. In a not easy, sure-footed manner he walks the reader via a wealthy deposit of biblical texts to make transparent that the gospel matters the transformation of the earth and never get away from it. Middleton summons us to repentance for this type of flawed knowing that has had disastrous useful implications. this can be a repentance that he himself avows. whilst his booklet catches on, it's going to have a massive impression at the means during which we expect and act approximately our universal destiny within the gospel, a standard destiny with very important socioeconomic, political derivatives."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"It is not any small irony that almost all of significant, Bible-believing Christians sign up for a view of existence within the eschaton that's essentially unbiblical. Middleton presents a much-needed corrective in his perceptive exposition of 'holistic eschatology,' which successfully unites the outdated and New Testaments in stressing God's dedication to the flourishing of the created universe of which we're an element. This booklet is so entire, so exegetically established and theologically wealthy, that it may possibly serve admirably as a easy textbook on biblical theology. i will not suggest it hugely enough."
--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Richard Middleton has been one among my most vital lecturers. each stumble upon with him adjustments me. This booklet is not any diversified. aiding us see the entire undesirable hermeneutical conduct we have obtained (perpetuated by means of our hymns and choruses!), Middleton invitations us to learn the Scriptures afresh and spot, probably for the 1st time, the biblical wish of a brand new earth. If learn as generally as i'm hoping, this booklet could rework North American Christianity."
--James K. A. Smith, Calvin university; writer of Imagining the dominion: How Worship Works
"Middleton's imaginative and prescient of the renewal of all issues is entire, discovered, obtainable, and intriguing. As an extra virtue, it truly is true. This is a stellar piece of work."
--Cornelius Plantinga Jr., writer of Engaging God's World
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