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The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options [Paperback]

By Stanley J. Grenz (Author)
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In THE MILLENIAL MAZE, Stanley J. Grenz provides historical and biblical, as well as theological, perspective on the four positions held by evangelicals--postmillennialism, dispensational premillenialism, historic premillennialism and amillenialism. Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each position, he seeks to cut a new path through the maze that reaffirms the valid insights of each and sounds a fresh note of hope in an age of shattered illusions.

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Jesus is coming back On this issue Evangelicals are united. But ask, "When will he return? Before or after the millennium? What will the millennium be like? What exactly is our hope?" and you enter a bewildering maze of options all claiming to be the right one. In this book Stanley J. Grenz provides historical and biblical, as well as theological, perspective on the four major positions held by evangelicals--postmillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism and amillennialism. Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each position, he seeks to cut a new path through the maze that reaffirms the valid insights of each and sounds a fresh note of hope in an age of shattered illusions. As an added bonus readers will find that Grenz takes note of some of the latest development in dialog between dispensationalists and covenant theologians. The result has been some modifications in long-held positions that have brought the two groups closer together.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830817573  
ISBN13  9780830817573  

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More About Stanley J. Grenz

Stanley J. Grenz Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) was the Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College. He earned the Doctor of Theology degree at the University of Munich and wrote numerous books. Jay T. Smith (PhD, Trinity College, Bristol) is president and Bridger Professor of Theology and Ethics at Yellowstone Theological Institute.

Stanley J. Grenz was born in 1950 and died in 2005 and has an academic affiliation as follows - North American Baptist Seminary.

Stanley J. Grenz has published or released items in the following series...
  1. IVP Pocket Reference
  2. Pocket Dictionary

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Pretty well documented book  May 7, 2007
I have read several books by Stanley Grenz and I like very much his writing stile and the way he provides an abundant and excellent documentation on the subject matter he is writing about.
Only Grenz Could Make Me Enjoy Eschatology   Oct 8, 2005
I have always loathed eschatology. All the date setting and charts, mil's and trib's made my head spin and just seemed to be a distraction from the heart of the faith. However, when I was finally forced to tackle it, I (unsurprisingly) found myself in able hands with Grenz. He is even handed, biblically literate, historically comprehensive and, ultimately, relevant.

He conducts biblical and historical surveys of postmillennialism, dispensationalism, historic premillennialism and amillennialism with balance and insight. (I actually found the postmil chapter the most interesting as my unilateral association with it and old line Liberalism was patently discredited). He closes with two profound chapters about how any of these millennial positions will impact personal and church theology and practice and finally some thoughts "corporate eschatology." Very much recommended if you are planning to tackle this subject.

Adequate Introduction to the Key Issues  May 10, 2000
The Millennial Maze provides a helpful and readable introduction to eschatology, the study of the last things or the end times. Grenz introduces his work with a brief biographical section where he recounts how he became interested in and realized the importance of eschatology. Although he grew up in classical dispensationalism, in seminary he moved first to historic premillennialism and then to amillennialism. After this introduction, Grenz makes a brief foray into historical theology, giving an overview of the various changes and developments in eschatology throughout church history. He then proceeds to outline the four major eschatological theories: Postmillennialism, Dispensationalism, Historic Premillennialism, and Amillennialism, including the criticisms that each school of thought has for the other three and what Grenz sees as the shortcomings of each. The final two chapters present Grenz's view on the significance of eschatology for the Christian church and its work in this world. This is a valuable and fairly objective analysis of contemporary options in eschatology. My only criticism is that I wish it would have dealt more with the growing optimistic amillennialism/partial preterism that Gentry, Chilton, North, and Sproul have endorsed. Overall, though, Grenz's work deals well with the key themes that are common to all eschatology: hermeneutics, philosophy of history, and the nature of the kingdom.
Fairest Overview of the Issue Available  Nov 25, 1999
Grenz has accomplished the impossible in this small volume. He has become one of the first authors to present the different perspectives on this debate in a fair and even-handed manner. Typically in books on eschatology, opposing viewpoints are caricatured rather than described and mocked rather than carefully criticized. Grenz avoids all of this nonsense.

In the first chapter he introduces the Biblical background of apocalyptic literature which frames the whole debate. In chapter two, he presents an overview of millennarianism in the history of the church. The following four chapters deal with postmillennialism, dispensationalism, historic premillennialism and amillennialism respectively. The seventh chapter asks the question, "So what?" by dealing with the significance of the whole debate. The book concludes with a chapter explaining how eschatology should shape us here and now.

This book and the Counterpoints volume edited by Darrell Bock "Three Views of the Millennium and Beyond" are the two must read books for those desiring a good overview and explanation of the millennial debate.


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