Heaven Misplaced: Christ's Kingdom on Earth

Heaven Misplaced: Christ's Kingdom on Earth

by Douglas Wilson


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ISBN-13: 9781591280514
Publisher: Canon Press
Publication date: 12/16/2008
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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Heaven Misplaced: Christ's Kingdom on Earth 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ianclary on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I'm not a postmillennialist and Wilson's book did not change me. However, there is much an amillennialist like myself can benefit from in reading Heaven Misplaced. I was encouraged in agreeing with him in many respects regarding the kingdom of Christ on earth. Wilson has a crack wit that always makes me laugh. This book did not fail to disappoint on this level.I highly recommend this book. And may Christians who read it be encouraged by Christ's invincible kingdom and praise God that they are a part of it. May it press Christians into working for the coming of God's kingdom here on earth. In this sense, Wilson succeeds in encouraging us more so than N.T. Wright's books Surprised by Hope.
wkelly42 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I was expecting a more academic treatment of the whole eschatological debate. I've read Wilson's books before, and have always learned something, but was disappointed with this book.The first problem I had with the book was the whole "Imagine if this was the way it was, and how wonderful that would be" attitude, which I found disconcerting to day the least. Warm fuzzy feelings aren't how one should choose their theology; theology should be chosen based on how it fits with the entirety of Scripture (in the case of Christian theology). THe ultimate argument that Wilson presents seems to be little more than "wouldn't it be lovely to think so." I also found myself wondering whether Wilson was a Christian Universalist of some stripe, with his emphasis on the ultimate salvation of the whole world (page 32, "The gospel, as it was declared to Abraham, was that the heathen would all be converted," for example). In spite of my disagreement with Wilson's eschatology (I could never tell if it was Preterism, Postmillenialism, or some strange hybrid), I found myself agreeing with some of what he said in the book. The point of chapter 4 ("Hope Incarnate") seems to be that Christians must live out the Gospel every day, and that we don't do it. I agree with him here, though I don't think this is tied to any particular eschatology. I wondered as I read if his own beliefs weren't a result of his rejection of dispensational premillenialism.Wilson seems to contradict himself in chapter 5; he begins by saying that Christ did not come to judge the world, but then turns around and says that Christ would be judging the world. I understand what he was trying to say (now that I've re-read the chapter), but I think he could have made the point much clearer. I'm giving the book three stars simply because there are messages in the book that need to be heard. But as a treatment of Christian eschatology, it falls short.
Wiszard on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Pastor Douglas Wilson¿s latest book, Heaven Misplaced: Christ¿s Kingdom on Earth is a refreshing look at the end times. Having read several books (both fiction and non-fiction) on the Rapture, I was interested in Pastor Wilson¿s outlook which he promised was different. I was tired of reading about violence and the end justified by the means which promulgates much of the popular writings about the Rapture. Heaven Misplaced talks of how we should be living in ¿hopeful optimism¿ and how peace and good will will become common place and the norm here on earth. Having read other books that explain the book of ¿Revelation¿ as having already been fulfilled, I understand where Pastor Wilson is coming from. In difficult times, we must maintain our faith and belief in God and make sure that his will is done on earth by us faithful believers. This book is based on scripture and is definitely recommended for those who want to see God¿s grace and love spread over all the earth. Honestly, I enjoyed this book. It took me a while to read it and even longer to write the review, but I'm glad that I read it. This is not one of those books that you read to escape reality, but a book you read that will change your life.
enoch_elijah on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I have been meaning to do this review for some time but I was unsure of how to go about it since while I disagreed with the premise of the book and the theological conclusions...it was very well written and the author came across in a very loving manner. As an alumni of the University of Idaho, I am familiar with Mr. Wilson though I do not know him personally, so it was a genuine pleasure to read the book and find out in more detail what he believes regarding this issue. But what is the verdict? Well I can certainly not recommend it in the sense that I was overcome by his logic and his arguments, but I CAN say that those who already believe in Wilson's type of eschatology will love this book. As a premillenialist however, I was unconvinced by the arguments. If, on the other hand, you believe that Christians will "conquer" the planet and prepare it for the return of Christ, then you will like it. :)If there is one criticism I would offer in regards to the interaction of the author with the premillenial view, it is that he seems to deride it as a pessimistic view whose supporters view this world as "God's Vietnam," which is simply not true and nothing more than a caricature of the position. He refers to his position as "historical optimism" and that post millenialists actually believe the Great Commission will be "successfully completed." Well, I know that I don't hold to his eschatology and yet I too believe the Great Commission WILL be successfully completed too! :)I guess this is not the best book review ever...I can't really interact as much with any points or this would be a very long review, and to be honest I simply feel that while the book is aimed at convincing people that the author's view is correct, it does not achieve that desire. Anyone who has studied the Word for any sufficient length of time has probably arrived at their view through careful study. I confess I am biased, but all I can say is that such careful study will not lead to the position of the book. If it converts anyone, it will be someone either new to the faith or a professing Christian for whom study of the Word is not all that important and is quick to be convinced by any argument. I do want to be quick to point out that while I think Mr. Wilson is wrong, I do not consider him guilty of any damning heresy. A Christian can be saved and yet hold to his erroneous view! :)So there you go. Read the book to find out what others believe or to be further assured of your own convictions if you already hold to the view it advocates. For myself, I am glad to have it as a reference source, but that is all.
timacor on LibraryThing 17 days ago
The author presents the perspective he calls Historical Optimism, which opposes the popular view that after death, believers go to heaven. Instead, what is commonly called Heaven is rather on earth, according to this interpretation. Eschatology (future events) is also affected. Instead of what is commonly referred to as the tribulation, a period of suffering and destruction, the world will gradually become a place of good, where every enemy will be conquered, before Christ returns and defeats the last enemy: death.Though well written, with sound structure and useful tools, such as discussion questions at the end of every chapter, the author lacks in some other areas. For example, it is clearly stated at the start that the book will not get entangled in theological difficulties, but will rather try to get to the practical implications of the thesis. It is a sad opposition, that need not to be made in order to be clear. Also, the numerous verses quoted (for which I am thankful) are not always well contextualized, especially for the broader audience. And finally, I would have liked to see a better defense of the positions the author went against, in order not to depict these positions as merely preferences from an evil agenda (as is sometimes implied). To be fair, one needs to expose one view clearly, before proposing an alternative.This Historical Optimism erects itself against a long tradition, but most of all, against the bible itself, out of a lack of proper interpretation of both prophecies and eschatology.Overall, this book is useful to understand the different views (though not all are mentioned), and helps familiarize with the biblical teaching on this subject.
wiseasgandalf on LibraryThing 17 days ago
You know you¿re in for a different kind of book when the author himself says in the introduction, ¿this is going to be a tough sell.¿So, what is Douglas Wilson, author of a dozen books & one of the sharpest minds among Christian writers today, trying to sell? The view that earth is not ¿God¿s Vietnam.¿Say what?The overwhelming majority of evangelical Christians understand the Bible to say that the power of sin & Satan will grow worse & worse in the future, until finally God will suddenly remove all Christians from Earth (¿the rapture¿) and then inflict terrible judgement on the remainder of the Earth¿s inhabitants (¿the tribulation¿). In fact, many Christians would be suprised to even consider that there might be another interpretation, a radically different interpretation, to all those scripture passages, that was actually the majority view just a few hundred years ago.Heaven Misplacedis a non-theological, readable introduction to this different way of looking at the Bible, God¿s Kingdom, and the future of humanity. Wilson goes through the Bible, from Abraham to Revelation, and lays down a foundation and detailed explanation for the preterist position. In short, preterist theology says that instead of things getting worse & worse, things get better & better, with more and more of the world coming under the influence and transformation of Christ¿s kingdom until He one day returns. Hard sell? Most definitely. What¿s worse, most people who would read this book either (1) already agree with Wilson or (2) already have studied systematic theology and have decided against preterism. Still, I admire Wilson for trying, & writing an engaging book that all Christians who are not familiar with anything but ¿Left Behind¿ theology should read.
bluewoad on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Some wag once wrote that Doug Wilson leaves no thought unwritten. His voluminous output makes me suspect this is true. Still, what's amazing is the quality of his writing, even when one disagrees with much of what he writes. He has gotten beyond his earlier habit of creating straw man arguments (although this does crop up occasionally still) and has given us a good book that explains exactly where he stands eschatologically.For those that may not know, Wilson is a postmillennialist and this book is his justification for that position. As with any position that is held dearly, it is a full-orbed belief for Wilson and so it's not easy to find a starting point. No matter where you start, there are going to be presuppositions that are made. But if you want to put your presuppositions on the table first, you can spend most of your exposition just doing that and not actually explaining your position.I praise Wilson for just diving in and asking for his reader's patience to see how it all hangs together by the end of the book. And, as Wilson explains it, it *does* all hang together. Of course, it's those presuppositions that might cause a problem for those who aren't already post-millennialists. If you are already postmill (I'm not; I'm amill), then this is a great, short explanation. If you're not postmill, you're going to be frustrated at many turns with many 'yeah, but' responses.For those who are not already postmill, I highly recommend reading with a pencil in hand so you can take copious notes. Then, when done, read over your notes to see how many of those questions get answered. You'll actually be surprised by how many are.In short: a great primer on postmillennialism, but not a conclusive argument for it.
pomorev on LibraryThing 17 days ago
This is the second of Douglas Wilson's books that I have reviewed. And I'm happy to say this is a much better book. However, he makes some methodological choices that hurt his argument and toward the end of the book he has lost his flow of coherency. But his project of historical optimism is a good one, I just wish he'd spend more time unpacking it.The book is a very reformed reading of Kingdom theology. That is he is developing a theology about the concept of God's reign, its implications for Christian life and thought, from a reformed position. In fact he imagines a more dispensational view of history as an opposing view. Several times I truly agreed with his conclusions but would never have tackled the issue in the way that he does. In many cases his evaluation of theological problems is simply not sustained enough to get the reader where he wants them to go. This is important because of his methodological choices.Early on Wilson asks us to read this book as if it were a story, that is suspending out judgment until it is done. That would be great if he were telling a story, but his style is polemics - he is arguing. So this tactic is not helpful, it sets up the reader to expect a piece of exploratory theology only to serve up a completely different dish. As a reader this was disappointing, a missed opportunity on Wilson's part.The other methodological problem I have is one of target audience. This book is definitely written to a popular audience. It comes complete with bible studyish questions on each chapter. It also has some nice break out definitions (and while he does some nice defining, every now and then he drops something in without really explaining it) that are aimed to help the reader who might not have a theological or historical background. The reason this is disappointing to me is that I think he has some good insights and I'd like to see more of his underlying thoughts. For example, he tries to expand our notions of atonement, but his clear bias towards penal substitution are resoundingly clear. What is worse, he introduces alternate views and never pursues them - perhaps he doesn't know how/where they fit?Despite these weaknesses, I did enjoy the book. He does a good job re-interpreting the classic "end times" texts. And he also does a good job making the Kingdom of God a central theme in his theology.
DashHouse on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Heaven Misplaced: Christ's Kingdom on Earth is another book by pastor and provocateur Douglas Wilson. It's about the end times - but it's not one of those books. Wilson argues against the common pessimistic view of the end of this world held my many Christians: that the world will get worse and worse before it gets better. He introduces a view he calls "historical optimism." I don't exactly share his view, but I'm closer to his view than you'd think. If you've only ever heard the Left Behind version of the end times, you owe it to yourself to read this book
pa5t0rd on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. It took a different angle than typical eschotological books. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in eschatology, especially if you are tired of all the Left Behind junk!