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Realized eschatology is a Christian eschatological theory popularized by C. H. Dodd (1884–1973) that holds that the eschatological passages in the New Testament do not refer to the future, but instead refer to the ministry of Jesus and his lasting legacy. Eschatology is therefore not the end of the world but its rebirth instituted by Jesus and continued by his disciples, a historical (rather than transhistorical) phenomenon. Those holding this view[weasel words] generally dismiss end times theories, believing them to be irrelevant; they hold[weasel words] that what Jesus said and did, and told his disciples to do likewise, are of greater significance than any messianic expectations.
Walvoord asserts that this view is attractive to liberal Christians who prefer to emphasize the love and goodness of God while rejecting the notion of judgment. Instead, eschatology should be about being engaged in the process of becoming, rather than waiting for external and unknown forces to bring about destruction.
References and notes
- George Eldon Ladd; Donald Alfred Hagner (1993). A Theology of the New Testament. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 0802806805.
- McKim, Donald K. (2014). Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms (2nd ed.). Louisville, KY: Presbyterian Publishing. p. 106. ISBN 1611643864. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
- Walvoord, John F. (1970). "Realized Eschatology". Bibliotheca Sacra. 127 (508): 313-323. ISSN 0006-1921. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- Wheeler, David L. (1993). "Toward a Process-Relational Christian Eschatology". Process Studies. Claremont, CA: Center for Process Studies. 22 (4): 227–237. ISSN 0360-6503. Retrieved 4 April 2017.