Moltmann's view of the eschaton
is not so much apocalyptic as teleological, allowing it to be viewed "no longer as the catastrophic end of the world, but as a moral and political ideal which human beings can approach by working unremittingly on themselves and the world" (Coming of God 186).
As in better-known writings, he makes some epigrammatic affirmations: "Belief in eschatology without belief in a literal eschaton
is like belief in religion without belief in God" (p.
Consequently, before the eschaton
or end of days, God does not desire Jews to become Christians.
Partial and imperfect realizations of the eschaton
, the final age of fulfillment, would have to suffice.
Alice Walker's vision may be called eschatological not only because it is hopeful enough to prescribe new ways of being and relating but also because it embraces that element of eschaton
which we term "consummation.
If the eschaton
is to be launched over time and within the world's expanse, where will it start, how will specific signs be recognized and reliable news obtained?
Even on this side of that eschaton
, there is a future for love, because God is .
4) This article will sketch the pneumatological foundations of such missiological discourse by tracing the implications of the doctrine of the Spirit for theology of mission, in relationship to the doctrines of creation, redemption, and the eschaton
15) In Matt 24:35-39, Jesus makes a similar comparison between Noah and his era and the Son of Man and the eschaton
He also ultimately rejects the evolutionary theology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin because of, among other things, Teilhard's notion that God uses "evolutionary centration" to bring about a convergence upon a glorious, God-centered eschaton
, rather than the biblical means of "the mighty redeeming act of God inaugurated in the Cross of Christ.
A Provisional Approach: Pannenberg on Truth in the Eschaton
Instead, it exploits the eschaton
on behalf of us today and so resembles Catholicism with its regard for creation and the time being.