4.26.2006

PoMo Preschool...

Now, the third PoMo phraseology recap:
eschatology
What is this, and why don't the PoMo's like it?


From wikipedia: Eschatology (from the Greek έσχατος meaning "last" + -logy) is a part of theology and philosophy concerned with the final events in the history of the world or the ultimate destiny of human kind, commonly phrased as the end of the world.

The term eschatology is often used in a more popular and narrower sense when comparing various interpretations of the Book of Revelation and other prophetic parts of the Bible, such as the Book of Daniel and various sayings of Jesus in the Gospels, concerning the timing of what many Christians believe to be the imminent second coming of Christ. There are various controversies concerning the order of events leading to and following the return of Jesus and the religious significance of these events.

So from what I can see, the reasoning for the PoMo aversion to eschatology is:
-focus drawn to "fire and brimstone," "them heathens will get what's coming to them" mentality, that is espoused by self-righteous people who probably aren't even truly Christ-followers.

-two words: Tim LeHaye

-PoMo thought seems to avoid things like consequences of actions, sin, and accountability. The ultimate reasoning behind the Bible mentioning eschatology is these exact issues

-people who get so caught up in "pre-trib/post-trib" debate that they don't actually accomplish anything productive in the real world

-maybe, possibly, many PoMo's are so caught up in the things of this world, that they don't like to think that their shaggy hair and soul patch won't amount to a hill of beans when the final trumpet sounds

Although on that last point I could just be wrong

2 comments:

MamaD said...

I'm enjoying PoMo Preschool. Do we get to do fun crafts and have snacks?

Chris Dugan said...

I think it's just age old modernistic liberal theology at work. Pomo's believe that the future is NOW when it comes to prophecy—the Kingdom is here, now, already (which I agree with for the most part) and that anti-Christs and God's wrath are/is among us NOW and will never culminate (which I don't agree with at all.)

This kind of belief only serves to create more ambiguity and theological "grey space" where postmodern theory and warmed-over, 1920's social gospel can run unfettered.

Naturally the Church becomes a very loosly defined entity with no real distinction between the justified and the unjustified. God's kingdom is here now, at work everywhere in everyone and everything (including other religions!). It's good news, end of story, so let's not worry about who's right and who's wrong.

And thus the Church in America in an effort to be "relevant" begins it's slide into total irrelevancy.