N.T. Wright. Surprised by Hope. HarperOne, 2008. First Edition. pg 103-104.
This serves as a follow up to yesterday’s post where I said that the new hopeful eschatology springing up from the rubble of post-modernism is generally reacting against one thing: a misreading of Christian eschatology. Post-modernists have to find hope somewhere because we have spent the last 80 years wandering about in survivor’s guilt. But modernism’s tendency is to view the world on a spectrum of progress that will finally achieve its own immortality. Since much of the language involved in these eschatologies is essentially borrowing from the Christian one, I felt like it would be worth an honest reading of first century Christians in the wake of their own upheaval: that of Christ resurrecting. N.T. Wright is about as good a source to look to as one can find.
I found a passage that sums the theme of Christian eschatology that is not one where the “good” people get sucked out into a floating city of heaven, but rather this creation is remade, transformed, in the hope of resurrection. Which has very real consequences now, presently.