Monday 27 February 2012

Princeton Theological Review 18, 1 (Fall 2011)

The most recent Princeton Theological Review (available here as a pdf) is devoted to ‘God, Death, and the Afterlife: Reflections on Time and Eternity’. (The cover indicates this one is volume 17, Number 1, but I think that’s an error considering the previous issue was Volume 17, Number 2.)

It contains the following essays (summaries are taken from the editorial):

Adrian Langdon

Our Contemporary from Now until Eternity: Christological Recapitulation of Time in Barth

Adrian Langdon argues for a new interpretation and critical correction of Barth’s theology of time and eternity. Reflecting on the way in which Jesus’ history as the second Adam relates to our own, Landgon argues that Christ’s corporeal resurrection and unique temporality calls into question Barth’s notion of ‘ending time’ and death as the positive completion of human life. While uncovering possible deficiencies in Barth’s anthropology as it is patterned on his Christology, Langdon also hints at possible resources within Barth’s theology for constructing a new resurrection theology.

Daniel J. Pedersen

Paul Tillich on Eternal Life

Daniel Pedersen examines Paul Tillich on eternal life, demonstrating the christocentric nature and universal scope of Tillich’s modern understanding of eternal salvation. For Tillich, eternal life is preeminently concerned with Christ and his universal permeation of this life and the everyday aspects of historical existence.

Adam Kotsko

The Resurrection of the Dead: A Religionless Interpretation

Kotsko argues that the locus of action in the post-resurrection accounts of the gospels shifts from the ministry of Jesus to the ministry of his disciples, who are pushed into the exigencies of the unknown through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew P. O’Reilley

Toward an Eschatology of Hope: The Disappearance of the Sea in Revelation 21:1 and its Significance for the Church

O’Reilley hones in on the ancient metaphorical significance of disappearance of the sea in Revelation 21:1. He concludes with some ethical and theological implications for Evangelical churches in North America today.

Kenneth B.E. Roxburgh

Dying Well before Family, Friends, and the Community

With comfort, certainty, and hope in God’s suffering, dying, and life-giving presence in Jesus Christ, Roxburgh suggests that the uncertainties of death and life after death shouldn’t keep us from living and loving with simplicity in the power of the resurrection today.

Bradley East

Turn, Turn, Turn, Turning No More: An Eschatological Reflection on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Brad East considers the implications of Christ’s death and resurrection for a world which is searching for comfort in sterile predictability and/or resignation in the face of hapless unpredictability. The satisfaction of the Christian, East argues, comes only in the disruption of this world’s death-dealing habits and faithless acquiescence to ‘more of the same’.

David W. Congdon

The Myth of Heaven: Demythologizing and Remythologizing

David Congdon critically reviews Christopher Morse’s recent book, The Difference Heaven Makes, along with the 25th anniversary edition of J.T. Robinson’s classic, In the End, God. Congdon evaluates the historical judgments and theological interpretations of Morse and Robinson while also offering his own account of the theological and ethical significance of heaven in a ‘world come of age’.

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