According to Preston the theology of eschatological
realism has turned the WCC into an institution that favours unprofessional pastors at the expense of informed lay experts; the participation of people's and pressure groups at the expense of serious professional discussion among experts and political decision-makers; and utopian thinking instead of realistic awareness of the ambiguities of life.
The earliest mention of the name Antichrist, which was probably coined in Christian eschatological
literature (concerned with the end of time), is in the letters of St.
intended to be read only by the addressee," and contains entertaining anecdotes, philological and poetological discussions one would expect to find in the genre of philological "dictations" (amali), as well as witty references to Islamic eschatological
teachings, of both the hadith and kalam kind.
He adheres to Rahner's hermeneutical principle that eschatological
statements are extrapolations in faith from the present experience of grace.
sanctuary in Exodus 15:17 and related texts.
He holds that Jesus was not just a wisdom teacher or a Cynic philosopher, but an eschatological
prophet who went to his death as an intentional martvr to avert God's anger at the Jewish people.
The Christian faith is essentially eschatological
because the events from which it stems and which are its "object" as well as its "content": the life, death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ, the descent of the Holy Spirit, and the "institution" of the Church, are seen and experienced not only as the end and the fulfillment of the history of salvation, but also as the inauguration and the gift of a new life whose content is the Kingdom of God.
The breakthrough is the eschatological
interpretation, i.e., viewing the blessings accorded to Mary "within the economy of grace from its fulfillment in Christ 'back' into history, rather than "forward' from its beginning in fallen creation" (#52), relying on the Pauline concepts of divine foreknowledge, predestination, and glorification (Rom.
McBrien for illuminating the distinction between "apologetical" and "eschatological
" in understanding the marks of the church.
As Cooper himself acknowledges, however, no one has heretofore focused on the soteriological and eschatological
significance of the deified body in Maximus's theology.
Chapters discuss and analyze the hermeneutics of the movement and underlying theological presumptions, healing theology in practice both in years past and the modern day, and theological reflections from trinitarian, pneumatological, christological/soteriological, ecclesiological, and eschatological
A New Testament scholar and professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, he studied at Union Theological Seminary in the early 1960s, where he absorbed the typical German picture of the eschatological