Friday, February 23, 2007
"New Heavens, New Earth"
Lately I've become very interested in "theologies of hope" or robust eschatologies that deal very much with the here-and-now and the life of the age to come as inaugurated by Jesus. I've begun working through titles by and about Moltmann and Pannenberg [here's a good Amazon list], and I'll probably post more about the work of these theologians as I dig into them further.
For now, though, the best introduction I've found by far is NT Wright's 20-some-page "New Heavens, New Earth: The Biblical Picture of the Christian Hope," available from Grove Books for £2.95 plus shipping, or as an ebook for £2.95 (with no shipping, of course; Grove sends you a link [to a PDF] that expires after three uses).
Originally delivered as the 1993 Drew Lecture on Immortality at Spurgeon's College, London, and later slightly updated and published in Called to One Hope: Perspectives on Life to Come: Drew Lectures on Immortality Delivered at Spurgeon's College, edited by John E. Colwell (Paternoster, 2000; currently out of print), I can't recommend Wright's "New Heavens, New Earth" more highly. Get it and read it this week!
(Thanks again to Josh Anderson for referring me to this.)
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