This clear and comprehensive introduction to apocalyptic theology demonstrates the significance of apocalyptic readings of the New Testament for systematic theology and highlights the ethical implications of the apocalyptic turn in biblical and theological studies. Written by a leading theologian and proponent of apocalyptic theology, this primer explores the impact of important recent Pauline scholarship on contemporary theology and argues for a renewed understanding of key Christian doctrines, including sin, grace, revelation, redemption, and the Christian life.
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Anyone who believes that Christian doctrine cannot be grounded in an apocalyptic perspective needs to read Militant Grace by Philip Ziegler. With his typical breadth of knowledge, clarity, and insightful observations, Ziegler shows that apocalyptic can inform Christians' thinking about salvation and grace, ethics and discipleship. This book demonstrates that apocalyptic is not a fad but an essential aspect of interpreting the Bible and thinking theologically.
—Nancy J. Duff, Stephen Colwell Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary
In attending to the apocalyptic dimensions of the gospel message, Philip Ziegler addresses a theme of central contemporary import in both biblical studies and systematic theology. With characteristic acuity and insight, Ziegler draws the reader into the extraordinary vision of Paul's evangelical witness and thence leads the reader to consider what this might mean for the work of the Christian theologian--not only academically but also existentially. Treating a range of substantive doctrinal themes and drawing on an array of significant Protestant theologians, Ziegler in turn exposits, analyzes, reflects, and instructs. The result is the commendation not merely of a new and fruitful way of approaching the New Testament but also of a fresh vision of the dogmatic task and the Christian life. Beautifully written and graciously argued, this book is worthy of the widest attention.
—Paul T. Nimmo, King's Chair of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen
Working at the creative interface between biblical studies and systematic theology, Ziegler brilliantly develops the apocalyptic turn in Pauline scholarship into a rich theological program. On this profound reading, Paul's gospel speaks directly and boldly to the delusions and fears of a world in crisis.
—John M. G. Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University
Philip G. Ziegler (ThD, University of Toronto/Victoria University) is personal chair in dogmatics at King's College, University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a senior fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and is cofounder and cochair (with Douglas Harink) of the Theology and Apocalyptic network. Ziegler has written widely in the areas of systematic theology, apocalyptic theology, and theology and politics.