All Things New
Eschatology in the Majority World
The Christian faith presents a distinctive vision of last things: that God in Christ aims to reconcile the world to himself, and through his Spirit and a new people, to set all things to right. This good news is for all nations and peoples, but for too long the Christian doctrine of eschatology has focused on debates and arguments rooted solely in the Western church. In All Things New, leading theologians and biblical scholars from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America offer readers a glimpse of how Christians around the globe are perceiving and describing the Christian hope. The result is a remarkably refreshing and distinctive vision of eschatology guaranteed to raise new questions and add new insights to the global church’s vision of the eschaton.
The collection of insightful essays on various aspects of eschatology brings the Majority World Theology Series to a fitting conclusion. Especially significant is the way these essays connect a robust Christian hope, and the biblical eschatology that supports it, with present Christian existence and public witness in particular cultures. Let us hope that these and other voices continue to speak, and that this ending of a series is also a beginning – the beginning of still more contextualized theologies and practices of hope, especially where people and the rest of God’s creation are suffering.
Michael J. Gorman, PhD
Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
With this volume, Gene Green, Stephen Pardue, and K. K. Yeo offer us an introduction to the expansive landscape of eschatologies in the Majority World. Wide-ranging in location and in topic but grounded in specifics, each essay offers nuanced reflection from Africa, Asia, and Latin America on concepts like death, hope, and the kingdom of God. Each contributor challenges us to remember that hope abstracted from the realities of colonization, imperialism, and oppression is not true hope and reinforces how eschatology affects everything from exegesis to ethics.
Amy Brown Hughes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, USA
Eschatology remains a fascinating and often deeply contentious part of Christian theology. But as Christianity’s center of gravity moves ever more decisively outside the West, how does that affect attitudes to themes from apocalyptic, to Zionism, to the nature of God’s kingdom? How are such ideas reinterpreted against the diverse cultural and political backgrounds of Africa, Asia and Latin America? In a rich and intriguing collection of essays, All Things New explores and expounds ideas that have inspired thinkers since the earliest Christian ages. A thoughtful and rewarding collection.
Philip Jenkins, PhD
Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA
Like the rudder of a vessel, though less noticed, eschatology sets a direction for God’s people (or oikumene) in diverse contexts. The unfolding of God’s plan informs and guides today’s church to faithfully bear witness to God’s salvation. Thus, this book serves as the fitting conclusion and climax of this ground-breaking Majority Theology series.
Wonsuk Ma, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Table of Contents
Stephen T. Pardue
- 1. Eschatology, Apocalyptic, Ethics, and Political Theology
D. Stephen Long
- 2. The Past, the Present, and the Future of African Christianity: An Eschatological Vision for African Christianity
James Henry Owino Kombo
- 3. Revelation 21:1–4 from an African Perspective
John D. K. Ekem
- 4. From Dispensationalism to Theology of Hope:Latin American Perspectives on Eschatology
Alberto F. Roldán
- 5. The Kingdom of God: Latin American Biblical Reflections on Eschatology
Nelson R. Morales Fredes
- 6. Asia and God’s Cruciform Eschatological Reign
- 7. From Judeophilia to Ta-Tung in Taiwanese Eschatology
Shirley S. Ho
- Index of Names
- Index of Scripture
- Index of Subjects