Epistemology and the End of the World

From the Stone on Harold Camping:

    Of particular epistemological interest was the rush of Christians who believe that the rapture will occur but specify no date for it to dissociate themselves from Camping. Quoting Jesus’s saying that “of that day and hour no one knows,” they rightly saw their view as unrefuted by Camping’s failed prediction. What they did not notice is that the reasons for rejecting Camping’s prediction also call into question their claim that the rapture will occur at some unspecified future time.

Kyle Roberts and Adam Rao contrast rapture theology with biblical eschatology as it:

    1) Affirms the inherent value of the earth and motivates care for creation. Rapture theology suggests that we are “just passing through” this temporary dwelling place.

    2) Offers a compelling vision for resistance against evil, injustice, and all forms of oppression in the present world order. Rapture theology generates an “escapist” mentality whereby our best hope for dealing with injustice, wickedness, and hopelessness is to simply fly off to a perfect spiritual world unhampered by sin and finitude.

    3) Redefines Christian mission. A de-raptured theology reorients evangelism and the meaning of salvation around the centrality of the kingdom of God.

Read the whole thing.

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