Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology

Philip G. Ziegler

Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology
Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology

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This clear and comprehensive introduction to apocalyptic theology demonstrates the significance of apocalyptic readings of the New Testament for systematic theology and highlights the ethical implications of the apocalyptic turn in biblical and theological studies. Written by a leading theologian and proponent of apocalyptic theology, this primer explores the impact of important recent Pauline scholarship on contemporary theology and argues for a renewed understanding of key Christian doctrines, including sin, grace, revelation, redemption, and the Christian life.

  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Shape and Sources of an Apocalyptic Theology
    • 1. An Eschatological Dogmatics of the Gospel of Grace
    • 2. Apocalyptic Theology: Background, Tone, and Tasks
  • Part 2: Christ, Spirit, and Salvation in an Apocalyptic Key
    • 3. A Sovereign Love: The Royal Office of Christ the Redeemer
    • 4. Christ Must Reign: The Priority of Redemption
    • 5. Not without the Spirit: The Eschatological Spirit at the Origin of Faith
    • 6. Thy Kingdom Come: The Lordship of Christ and the Reign of God
    • 7. The Final Triumph of Grace: The Enmity of Death and Judgment unto Life
  • Part 3: Living Faithfully at the Turn of the Ages
    • 8. Creation, Redemption, and Moral Law
    • 9. The Fate of Natural Law at the Turning of the Ages
    • 10. The Adventitious Origins of the Christian Moral Subject: John Calvin
    • 11. Crucified to the World: Kierkegaard's Christian Life of Humility and Gratitude
    • 12. A Theological Ethics of God's Apocalypse: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • 13. Discipleship: Militant Love in the Time That Remains
  • Indexes

Pages: 256
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2018
ISBN-10: 080109853X
ISBN-13: 9780801098536


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This collection of essays has its origin in two sessions at the 2005 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Each of the essays has been revised for publication in light of the discussion that followed the presentation in these sessions. Reading James with New Eyes consists of eight essays: John S. Kloppenborg and Robert L. Webb, “Reading James with New Eyes: An Introduction” (1–5); Alicia Batten, “Ideological Strategies in the Letter of James” (6–26); K. Jason Coker, “Nativism in James 2.14–26: A Post-colonial Reading” (27–48); Darian Lockett, “ ‘Unstained by the World’: Purity and Pollution as an Indicator of Cultural Interaction in the Letter of James” (49–74); Margaret M. Mitchell, “The Letter of James as a Document of Paulinism?” (75–98); Duane F. Watson, “An Assessment of the Rhetoric and Rhetorical Analysis of the Letter of James” (99–120); John S. Kloppenborg, “The Emulation of the Jesus Tradition in the Letter of James” (121–50); and Wesley H. Wachob, “The Language of ‘Household’ and ‘Kingdom’ in the Letter of James: A Socio-rhetorical Study” (151–68). Batten looks at James from the perspective of “ideological criticism,” understood as a “heuristic tool” (9) as it pertains to the issue of rich and poor (Jas 1:9–11; 2:1–13: 5:1–6). [Full Review]

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