Eschatology is one of the most debated themes among evangelicals. The expectation of the last things has always called the attention of scholars. Eschatology is interpreted depending on the school of interpretation one holds. One of the most prominent seminaries on the topic of eschatology is Dallas Theological Seminary, a reputable seminary where dispensationalism is still the predominant point of view regarding eschatology. Many books on the topic of the last things have been written by professors from DTS. That is the case of the book that is being reviewed here.
Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches (D. Jeffrey Bingham & Glenn R. Kreider, ed., 2016) is a compilation of twenty-eight essays written by different authors and published by Kregel Academic. Contributors are well known scholars among evangelicals. Charles C. Ryrie, Stanley Toussaint, David L. Turner are some of the contributors readers will find inside this fine volume.
Many people do not like books written from different authors arguing it is difficult to find a single idea or point of view. That is true to some extent. However, reading a book written by different authors developing the same idea is extremely profitable and has many advantages. One of the advantages this multiple-authors book encloses is precisely the different lenses available for readers to look at the same topic, though most of the authors subscribe to the dispensational school. That is not a handicap at all as this book will reinforce anyone’s knowledge regarding eschatology despite the school of interpretations one holds.
This work is divided into four main parts. Part 1 is devoted to The Doctrine of the Future and Its Foundations; Part 2 deals with The Doctrine of the Future in the Bible; Part 3 focuses on The Doctrine of the Future in the History of Christian Thought; and last but not least Part 4 presents The Doctrine of the Future and Christian Ministry. Eschatological discussions and topics included in this book are various.
Pastors, Bible students, and Christian in general could benefit from this book as a great source of information regarding the doctrine of the last things. One may agree or disagree with the points presented by the authors, but that does not detract quality to the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to reinforce or even lay the foundations for the study of the topic of eschatology.
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