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By Richard L. Floyd on 8/21/2008 8:44 AM

Why the Cross is Good News, Part 1 Read More »

By gfackre on 8/18/2008 10:31 AM

Christian talk about things to come begins with the One who has already arrived. Assertions about the future are grounded in decisive past events in the history of Jesus Christ. On this point, secular futurology and biblical eschatology are of the same mind. Both base their projections on discernible trajectories from within history--either a "thirteen multifold trend" or the singular Easter happenings. Both the futurist and the believer know the difference between hope and fantasy, the former being rooted in anticipatory signs and the latter devoid of such credentials. "The third day he rose again from the dead....I believe in the resurrection of the body...."

As with the risen Jesus, so with us, the consummation of the divine purpose is a full-blooded end. Jesus' resurrection was no ectoplastic appearance or oblong blur. The New Testament accounts are of encounter with an embodied Christ. "Reach out your hand and put it in my side....(Joh ...
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By Richard L. Floyd on 8/13/2008 1:18 PM

Why the critics are wrong, part 2. Read More »

By gfackre on 8/8/2008 7:35 AM

"Last Things" have to do with four classical teachings about the final chapter of the Christian Story--the resurrection of the body/the dead, the return of Christ, the final judgment and everlasting life. As yet to be, we follow Paul's counsel to treat them as seen through a "glass darkly" rather than through a picture window clearly. For all the mystery that surrounds them, and our modesty in speaking about them, they are truth claims, the "assurance of things hoped for." And in our modern and postmodern world of skepticism about such, Christian teaching about the End is deeply counter-cultural with vast implications for how we live in the Now as we look toward the Not Yet. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 8/2/2008 8:20 AM

Why the critics are wrong. Part 1

These views seem to me to say more about the hermeneutic of suspicion of the critics than the actual biblical narrative and the atonement theories that are their conceptual representations. After all, if you are looking in the wrong end of the telescope everything will look small.
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