Eschatology: Eternal Now or Cosmic Future?
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2003
2001 by the Joint Publication Board of Zygon
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 349–356, June 2001
How to Cite
Peters, T. (2001), Eschatology: Eternal Now or Cosmic Future?. Zygon, 36: 349–356. doi: 10.1111/0591-2385.00364
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2004
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2003
- Cited By
- Wolfhart Pannenberg;
- Paul Tillich;
Paul Tillich's eternal now is the ground from which all things emerge and perish in each and every moment. A Tillichean eschatology involves the gathering of all things finite into the eternity of the present moment, into God. Salvation is present moment. But is the “eternal now” enough? This essay offers biblical and theological critiques of Tillich's present eschatology and posits an eschatology that combines Tillich's “eternal now” with Wolfhart Pannenberg's “end-oriented eschatology.” The result is an eschatology that recognizes the eternal now in which all things (including all time) belong to God yet with an eye toward the God-given possibilities of the next moment, the future. The end of being is not cessation; rather, it is the fulfillment of time, the consummation of all things.