Social Justice: Social Gospel?

VOL 20; ISSUE 5

09/01/2011

Articles

Eschatology by Ethos: Why the "Optimism" vs. "Pessimism" Paradigm Doesn't Work

Thursday, 01 Sep 2011

Anyone familiar with the in-house feud between Reformed postmillenarians and Reformed amillenarians knows that the debate between these two positions is often framed in terms of "optimistic" postmillenarians vs. "pessimistic" amillenarians. Despite the widespread use and apparent utility of these labels, I remain unconvinced that one can formulate a proper and biblical eschatology merely by identifying a position's distinctive ethos and then choosing the most "optimistic" of the various options. To avoid being labeled an "eschatological pessimist"’a negative label that postmillenarians have successfully pinned on dispensationalists’a ...

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