Christian theologies differ on the doctrine of eschatology probably more than just about any other doctrine. The approach I take in my essay, “The Doctrine of Eschatology”, focuses on ethics. I ask what would eschatology would look like that reinforces Jesus’ teaching about love of God and neighbor. Such an ethical eschatology will focus more on our “end” as in our purpose than our “end” as in our future fate.
I center my eschatological reflections on the book of Revelation, interpreting Revelation as a message about discipleship–calling on believers to follow Jesus (the “Lamb”) wherever he goes. And Revelation presents the “way Jesus goes” as the way of persevering love.
This essay is the twelfth in a series that examines core Christian doctrines, consistently asking what shape they should take if they are articulated in light of Jesus.