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Overview "A Case for Amillennialism" presents an accessible look at the crucial theological question of the millennium in the context of contemporary evangelicalism. Recognizing that the study of future things is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger provides definitions of key terms and a helpful overview of various viewpoints.
Publishers Description Amillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism, postmillennialism, preterism. These are difficult words to pronounce and even harder concepts to understand. A Case for Amillennialism presents an accessible look at the crucial theological question of the millennium in the context of contemporary evangelicalism. This study defends amillennialism as the historic Protestant understanding of the millennial age. Amillennarians believe that the millennium of Christ's heavenly reign is a present reality, not a future hope to come after his return. Recognizing that eschatology, the study of future things, is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger provides definitions of key terms and a helpful overview of various viewpoints. He examines related biblical topics as a backdrop to understanding the subject and discusses important passages of Scripture that bear upon the millennial age, including Daniel 9, Matthew 24, Romans 11, and Revelation 20. Regardless of their stance, readers will find helpful insight as Riddlebarger evaluates the main problems facing each of the major millennial positions and cautions readers to be aware of the spiraling consequences of each view.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2003
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 080106435X ISBN13 9780801064357
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More About Kim Riddlebarger
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger is pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and has been a visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is cohost of the popular White Horse Inn weekly radio program sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He has a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary.
Kim Riddlebarger currently resides in Anaheim, in the state of California. Kim Riddlebarger was born in 1954.
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A Powerful Corrective to Popular End-Times Hogwash Feb 12, 2007
As I've matured in my faith, I've changed my theological views on a number of occasions. I grew up in a dispensational-premillennial General Baptist church. In college, I became convinced of covenantal theology (as opposed to dispensational). I went from Arminian to Molinist to Calvinist and from believer baptism to infant and back to believer. Through all those changes (and others), eschatology is one subject I never felt well equipped to give an opinion about. That is, until I began learning from Dr. Kim Riddlebarger, pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim. Dr. Riddlebarger was the first person who made sense of the eschatological questions I had and helped me come to solid conclusions about what the Bible's talking about.
I offer that background as a caveat: I was convinced by the author about his book's thesis before reading his book. That said A Case for Amillennialism made me ever more confident in the ammillenial interpretation of the Bible. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 lays the foundation for eschatological discussion by defining terms, surveying the various views, and examining the how prophecy is to be interpreted.
The second part of the book is the meat of the case for the amillennial interpretation of the Bible. Dr. Riddlebarger deals with issues related to covenant, prophecy, interpretation, the Kingdom of God, Israel, and much more. If Part 2 is the meat, then Part 3 is the bones as it examines four critical passages: Daniel 9:24-27, The Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24 & Mark 13), and Romans 11, and Revelation 20.
While the whole book is a treasure, my favorite is the beginning where Dr. Riddlebarger defines the terms and provides a survey of the various views. Understanding the landscape of eschatology is utterly crucial to studying it, but few people seem to have such understanding. There and throughout the book, Dr. Kim Riddlebarger presents opposing views (pre- and post-millennial) fairly and offers precise criticisms. Though he admits that much more could be said, he presents a thoroughly compelling case for his position that cannot be ignored by those with opposing views. A Case for Amillennialism is a necessary read for anyone interested in eschatological issues.
Good overview of eschatology and a definite read Jan 4, 2007
Most people who attend evangelical churches today have never heard anything but dispensational premillennialism from the pulpit. There first reaction to amillennial or postmillennial views is it must be heretical. The reality is dispensational premillennialism is not historical christian doctrine and only entered the church in the 1830's through the Brethren founders, Darby and Kelly.
I personally found it difficult to look at the scriptures without the biasness of what I had always heard from the pulpit. Once I got beyond the bias, I focused on the scriptures about the kingdom and what happens when Christ returns. I looked at every verse in the Bible regarding these two topics and convincingly concluded that Christ's kingdom is a spiritual kingdom that we are born into at regeneration, when Christ returns He separates the wheat from the tares (sheep/goats) and pours out the final judgment on the day of His return. Also on the day of His return 1Cor15:23,24 says Christ returns the kingdom to the Father because it is the end.
Regarding this book by Riddlebarger, it provides a good explanation for the different views of eschatology. There are certainly some things that I don't agree with Riddlebarger on but they are minor in the overall context. I think anyone who cares more about what Scripture teaches rather than a view they've heard popularized will find this book filled with treasure.
Might make me make up my mind Dec 6, 2006
I am currently undecided about what I think about the bible's descriptions of the end. I came into this search with premillenial leanings, although I had deep reservations about many things I have heard and read, like Charles Ryrie's "Dispensationalism", several of Walvoord's books on prophecy, and the first two books in the "Left Behind" series. A student of mine challenged me on some of my presuppositions a few years ago and my quest to find the truth began.
"A Case for Amillenialism" is the best argued and most reasonable defense of a millenial position I have read to date. Dr. Riddlebarger is both thorough and charitable unlike many of the defensive and mean spirited writers I have read in this debate. He tackles all the issues unflinchingly, admitting weaknesses in his position, but thorougly explaining the hermaneutics he bases his beliefs on. Combine this with sound exegesis of crucial passages, inciteful observations, and readability, and you have an excellent resource about a very difficult and misunderstood body of doctrine. Highly recommended, but come with an open mind and your bible in hand.
Clear and Convincing Dec 1, 2006
Following Vos, Ridderbos, Hoekema, Venema, and Kline, Riddlebarger cleary and convincingly makes his case for amillennialism. He is fair when dealing with pre-, and post-mills. He does an ample job of showing the faulty presuppositions that underly the dispensational hermeneutic. He spends a lot of time exegeting Daniel 9.24-27, Matthew 24, and Rev. 20. A must have for anyoneone wanting to understand the end times!
A Lost Case for Amillennialism Nov 30, 2006
A Lost Case for Amillennialism
First let me say that I appreciate Ph.D. Riddlebarger's time spent writing this book. It has made me more aware of why I believe the Pre-millennial position and just how credible it is. Although I am not an author, I am married to one, and understand the sacrifice a person goes through as well as their family. Having said this, my philosophy used in reviewing and rating this work is simply one of, has he proved his case? The answer for me was a resounding No!
I am honestly struggling over where to start with my criticism of his book. There is so much of his opinion that I disagree with, and many points I could counter with, it would simply be too long. So let me say this: If you are really confused over the issue of eschatology then buy his book and compare it with The Millennial Kingdom, by John F. Walvrood, or a book called... There Really is a Difference, by Renald E Showers. Both these men are competent Dispensationalists that give very compelling arguments against this 4th century Catholic eschatology called Amillennialism. Here I list the more critical issues I have with A Case For Amillennialism.
1.) We our at a time in history...which is really His Story, that's about to define the very end of human government as we know it. The Tribulation that our Lord and the Prophets spoke of, seemingly is drawing very close...I am wondering how many Administrations away? With 911 at our back, and Nuclear Iran ahead, along with non-stop turmoil around the world and especially Israel, how could any reasonable person, let alone a biblical scholar deny it...? Yes, there will be a Rapture of The Church before this event, and yes this Tribulation is going to center around Israel. This author denies all of it, except for the end of his book. He seemingly makes A 180 Degree turn with some overtures toward Israel actually being a Prophetic Egg-Timer. Well, for that their is hope!
2.) No historical precedence...The author gives no historicity to his case. For the first 250 years after the Apostles died, There is not one paragraph in antiquity that discloses any argument against the millennial kingdom lest they be from a known heretic. All the Apostles expected to see the Lords return to usher in the millennial kingdom, if not in their life time, not long after.
Around the 3rd century a man named Origin posed the idea that it was good and proper to follow Greek tradition and Spiritualize scripture. After the teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, Greek Thought tended to deny the obvious and re-create a more complex system of interpretation. This still exists today... its called Higher Criticism! This brought forth The Alexandrian School of Thought, a major Liberal interpretive school for Bible "scholars" of the day. Many heresies frothed forth from this school; denying the trinity, Jesus's actual ascension, and his literal return.
Soon the Father of Amillenialism and in many ways the Catholic Church...Augustine... brought forth what was to be for a long period of time the end of scholarly works on Pre-millenialism. It is here where all Amillennialists buy their ammunition per se. Having read the City of God, by Augustine it is very easy to see his reasoning for rejecting 300 years of Pre-millerian/Chilism. The start-up Catholic church provided the political atmosphere, and their was great pressure to blame the Jews for the death of Christ, even though the majority of the early church was mostly Jewish. Augustine wrestled with this idea, yet I believe he yielded to the politics of his day.
3.) Finally any good bible student need only go to Romans 11 and read all before and all after. The author completely misses it here, as well as his exegesis in The Book of Daniel. All his ideas regarding the Already/Not Yet tension, favor the Pre-mill view more so then his own. The Amillennial Eschatology can be dangerous. It is as if they own a hermeneutical ON/OFF Switch...that goes from common sense to non-sense. The good news is that Amillennialism is on a downhill slope of credibility. Most americans favor Pre-millenialism because it explains the world in the way the find it...and the Bible clearly teaches it.
To me this book is a clear case of choosing not to believe the plain rendering of scripture. Or perhaps better said: Being so deep in the intellectual forest that you can't see the trees.