Eschaton or Escape?: Paul's Two Ages vs. Plato's Two Worlds

Friday, 01 Jan 1999

Paul is not calling us to transcend our earthly existence and become obsessed with contemplating heaven in general, the spiritual in general, the eternal in general, or transcendence in general.
Imagine the world's inhabitants living in an underground cave their whole lives, never having seen the out-side, necks and legs chained, only able to look at one wall in front of them. Behind and above them is a catwalk on which figures are moving. Because of a fire at the opening of the cave, the imprisoned people can see projections of these figures on the wall in front of them. "Look, a dog!", one exclaims. Another shouts, "There is a man!" But, of course, they are but shadows dancing across the wall as the ...

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