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Overview Though most Christians refrain from predicting exactly when our world will end, many believe that when earth's finale does arrive, it will be a catastrophe. They expect that before Christ comes back to reclaim His own, Satan will escape his chains and return to wreak havoc on our planet. Details vary, but the general assumption is the same: things will get much, much worse before they get better. But is this really what the Bible teaches? Leaving aside the theological terms that often confuse and muddle this question, Douglas Wilson instead explains eschatology as the end of the greatest story in the world-the story of mankind. He turns our attention back to the stories and prophecies of Scripture and argues for "hopeful optimism": the belief that God will be true to His promises, that His will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven, and that the peace and good will we sing about at Christmas will one day be a reality here on earth.
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Studio: Canon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2008
Publisher Canon Press
ISBN 1591280516 ISBN13 9781591280514
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More About Douglas Wilson
Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of numerous books. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is currently a senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He blogs regularly at DougWils.com.
Marvin Olasky (PhD, University of Michigan) is the editor in chief of World magazine, holder of the distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and senior fellow of the Acton Institute. He was previously a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, a Boston Globe reporter, and a Du Pont Company speechwriter. He is the author of twenty books and more than 3,500 articles. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons.
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Not what I'd hoped for Feb 27, 2009
I was expecting a more academic treatment of the whole eschatological debate. I've read Wilson's books before, and have always learned something, but was disappointed with this book.
The first problem I had with the book was the whole "Imagine if this was the way it was, and how wonderful that would be" attitude, which I found disconcerting to day the least. Warm fuzzy feelings aren't how one should choose their theology; theology should be chosen based on how it fits with the entirety of Scripture (in the case of Christian theology). The ultimate argument that Wilson presents seems to be little more than "wouldn't it be lovely to think so." I also found myself wondering whether Wilson was a Christian Universalist of some stripe, with his emphasis on the ultimate salvation of the whole world (page 32, "The gospel, as it was declared to Abraham, was that the heathen would all be converted," for example).
In spite of my disagreement with Wilson's eschatology (I could never tell if it was Preterism, Postmillenialism, or some strange hybrid), I found myself agreeing with some of what he said in the book. The point of chapter 4 ("Hope Incarnate") seems to be that Christians must live out the Gospel every day, and that we don't do it. I agree with him here, though I don't think this is tied to any particular eschatology. I wondered as I read if his own beliefs weren't a result of his rejection of dispensational premillenialism.
Wilson seems to contradict himself in chapter 5; he begins by saying that Christ did not come to judge the world, but then turns around and says that Christ would be judging the world. I understand what he was trying to say (now that I've re-read the chapter), but I think he could have made the point much clearer.
I'm giving the book three stars simply because there are messages in the book that need to be heard. But as a treatment of Christian eschatology, it falls short.
Amazing Book! Jan 8, 2009
This book is most likely one of Douglas Wilson's best. It is the most complete explanation of "hopeful optimism" I've ever come across. As always, Doug Wilson has a thorough understanding of the topic at hand and is an excellent expositor of Scripture. He is not afraid to trample our preconceived notions and in addition is an extremely persuasive writer.
Most Christians say that our accomplishments on earth are insignificant because we are merely "passing through" with heaven as our final resting place. Wilson, however, shows from scripture that this view is simply not biblical. When we die, it is heaven that we are passing through and when history is complete a glorified earth is where we end up forever. (After all, we don't pray that Christ kingdom will go; we pray that it will come.) Christians often misunderstand the passage where Christ says that He is going to prepare a place in heaven for us. John 14:2 says that "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." The Greek word translated "Mansions" is "mone" which is translated "rooms" in the ESV. Doug Wilson says: "The word denotes temporary lodging, as you would find in a hotel. In this case, it would have to be the nicest resort hotel you ever heard of-- a 5,000 star resort hotel." (Page 28)
He also shows that in the Old World order, the angels superintended the world, which is why they were able to judge the Old Creation with the seven bowls of wrath in Rev. Now, as the book of Corinthians tells us, we will judge angels. Man in Christ superintends this world and is surely taking dominion of it. Christ is on our side; we have nothing to fear. He has promised that He came to save the world (1 John 4:14, 2:2; John 4:42, 3:16-17, 1:29, 1:9; etc.) Notice that it does not say that he tried to save the world; he has already saved the world. He did not come to judge the world, but to save the world (John 12:47). Wilson says: "But what do most Christians think Jesus is going to do when all is said and done? Right. Judge the world." Humanity has been redeemed: mission accomplished.
Consequently, Wilson says: "The task of evangelism, now that Christ has risen, is not so much to run around at night, poking our flashlights into corners and cellars. Rather, the task of evangelism is more like pulling back the curtains. 'But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light; for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light' (Eph. 5:13-14). Get out of that bed! Christ will shine on you!" (page 71).
"Heaven Misplaced" is a real treat! Wilson describes it as "a small effort to get Christians to believe their Christmas carols year-round." Read it, enjoy it, and proclaim to the nations that Christ is enthroned as King.