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The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views

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Christ is coming again.

Since the first century, Christians have agreed that Christ will return. But since that time there have also been many disagreements. How will Christ return? When will he return? What sort of kingdom will he establish? What is the meaning of the millennium? These questions persist today.

Four major views on the millennium have had both a long history and a host of Christian adherents. In this book Robert G. Clouse brings...

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Overview

Christ is coming again.

Since the first century, Christians have agreed that Christ will return. But since that time there have also been many disagreements. How will Christ return? When will he return? What sort of kingdom will he establish? What is the meaning of the millennium? These questions persist today.

Four major views on the millennium have had both a long history and a host of Christian adherents. In this book Robert G. Clouse brings together proponents of each view: George Eldon Ladd on historic premillenniallism, Herman A. Hoyt on dispensational premillennialism, Loraine Boettner on post-millennialism and Anthony A. Hoekema on amillennialism.

After each view is presented, proponents of the three competing views respond from their own perspectives. Here you'll encounter a lively and productive debate among respected Christian scholars that will help you gain clearer and deeper understanding of the different ways the church approaches the meaning of the millennium.

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Editorial Reviews

TSF Bulletin
"This work is an excellent introduction to the discussion as well as a pointer to additional works on the subject."
Southwestern Journal of Theology
"A stimulated debate and an excellent learning tool . . . . The book opens a fresh and fruitful dialogue."
Prebyterian Covenant Seminary Review
"Congratualtions to IV Press and to editor Clouse for bringing together the most adequate dialogue yet, on the divergent eschatological understandings found in modern evangelicalism."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877847946
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1977
  • Series: Spectrum Multiview Book Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert G. Clouse (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is professor emeritus of history at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is also an ordained Brethren minister and has served churches in Iowa and Indiana.

He is the author of the IVP books Meaning of the Millenium, Women in Ministry, War: Four Christian Views and Wealth and Poverty. He has also written The New Millenium Manual (Baker), Two Kingdoms (Moody), The Story of the Church (Moody) and Puritans, the Millenium and the Future of Israel (Clarke, with Peter Toon).

Ladd, professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1950, was educated at Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School (B.D.) and received the Ph.D. from Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral study at Heidelberg and Basel Universities. Ordained as an American Baptist minister, Ladd served several churches in the denomination. He was professor of Greek at Gordon College (1942-45) and head of the department of New Testament at Gordon Divinity School (1946-50). His writings include Crucial Questions about the Kingdom of God (1952), The Blessed Hope (1956), The Gospel of the Kingdom (1959), Jesus Christ and History (1963), The New Testament and Criticism (1965), The Pattern of the New Testament (1968), Commentary on The Revelation (1972) and The Theology of the New Testament (1974).

Hoyt (A.B., B.D., M.Th., Th.D., LL.D.) was chancellor and professor of Christian theology at Grace Theological Seminary and Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He wrote The End Times (1969) and several other books. He also contributed to a number of national Christian periodicals.

Boettner is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.B., 1928; Th.M, 1929), where he studied systematic theology under Dr. C. W. Hodge. In 1933 he received the Doctor of Divinity, and in 1957 the Doctor of Literature. He taught the Bible for eight years at Pikeville College (Kentucky). His books include The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (1932), Studies in Theology (1947), Immortality (1956) and Roman Catholicism (1962).

Hoekema emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States in 1923. He attended Calvin College (A.B.), the University of Michigan (M.A.), Calvin Theological Seminary (Th.B.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.D., 1953). After serving as minister of several Christian Reformed churches (1944-56) he became associate professor of Bible at Calvin College and later professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. He wrote The Four Major Cults (1963), What about Tongue-Speaking? (1966), Holy Spirit Baptism (1972), The Christian Looks at Himself (1975) and The Bible and the Future (1979).

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Robert G. Clouse1. Historic Premillennialism - George Eldon Ladd
A Dispensational Premillennial Response - Herman A. Hoyt
A Postmillennial Response - Loraine Boettner
An Amillennial Response - Anthony A. Hoekema2. Dispensational Premillennialism - Herman A. Hoyt
A Historical Premillennial Response - George Eldon Ladd
A Postmillennial Response - Loraine Boettner
An Amillennial Response - Anthony A. Hoekema3. Postmillennialism - Loraine Boettner
A Historical Premillennial Response - George Eldon Ladd
A Dispensational Premillennial Response - Herman A. Hoyt
An Amillennial Response - Anthony A. Hoekema4. Amillennialism - Anthony A. Hoekema
A Historical Premillennial Response - George Eldon Ladd
A Dispensational Premillennial Response - Herman A. Hoyt
A Postmillennial Response - Loraine BoettnerPostscript - Robert G. Clouse
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Contributing Authors
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    A Great Review of Biblical Millennialism

    This text deserves to be on the shelf of every ministry who is asked the question: 'What next for the earth'? The author allows the reader to quickly grasp a view of the four doctrines on the Biblical use of a Millennial Doctrine.

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