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Bibil Identifier bibil:207887
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Continuity, Discontinuity, and Hope
Title (English, ) The Contribution of New Testament Eschatology to a Distinctively Christian Environmental Ethos
Author Moo, Jonathan
Journal Tyndale Bulletin (Volume: 61, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 21-44 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article focuses on the interpretation of three texts -­ Romans 8, 2 Peter 3, and Revelation 21–22 ­ -to develop the exegetical basis for a distinctively Christian perspective of the future that has important implications for how we understand our task in and for the created world. I propose that the diverse ways in which the NT portrays the future of the earth, taken together, provide an indispensable resource for the development of a Christian environmental ethos. I argue that this resource is not rendered more valuable by well-intentioned attempts to collapse the different emphases that emerge from, say 2 Peter 3 and Romans 8, into one version or the other. Nonetheless, I also argue that the contradiction that is often felt to exist between these different portraits of creation's future is not so acute that we cannot identify vital strands of continuity between them; and, most importantly, that the ecological ethos that emerges from serious reflection on the implications of these visions is as radical as it is consistent with the OT prophets in their stern calls for righteousness and justice to be realised on earth.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Eschatology
Pericopes Romans 8
2 Peter 3
Revelation 21-22
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