“If we don’t understand the Judaism of Jesus’ time, how can we understand him and his message?”
Our era’s poet theologian begins by retranslating Paul: “the remaining time is contracted” (1 Cor. 7:29).
An end-of-the-world scenario, whether scientific or religious, should reorient us—but toward what?
“According to Islam, Jesus always speaks the truth. The question is how we understand it.”
Norman Wirzba views theology and ecology through 1 John 4:8, "Whoever does not love does not know God."
Emptiness can alternatively mean too little or too much. It is sometimes unclear where emptiness is distinct from excess.
I want the kingdom of God to be civilized. If possible I'd like to be able to keep sleeping in my own bed.
These days, we need a strong current of theological explication of Christian eschatology. Richard Middleton has stepped forward—and his book doesn't even mention zombies.
Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist, recently warned that the rise of Ebola signaled that we are living in the last days. Few people noticed. Christian filmmaker Paul Lalonde released an awful movie in October about the end of the world. Despite snagging Nicolas Cage for the lead role, Lalonde’s retooling of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’s bestselling Left Behind books fell flat with audiences. Evangelical apocalypticism looks almost dead.
N.T. Wright aims to show how Paul's story of the crucified and risen Messiah is at the same time the story of Israel rescued from extended exile.
In these short talks, Gerhard Lohfink revisits themes from Jesus and Community. His account of Jesus is determinatively eschatological.
Stanley Hauerwas’s book is about learning how to die and training how to be human. Broadly speaking, it is a book about time and purpose—or, better said, the purpose of time.