Saturday, March 03, 2007

Vos: Eschatology precedes and underlies everything else

"Charges against the (Pauline) eschatology find various forms of expression. Foremost stands the (liberal) revulsion from the supernaturalism in the eschatology, for with Paul, as elsewhere in scripture, eschatology is supernaturalism in the nth degree...a so-called Christianity proving cold or hostile towards the interests of the life to come has ceased to be Christianity in the historic sense of the word.

"...the eschatological principle is so deeply embedded in the structure of the biblical religion as to precede and underlie everything else." -- Geerhardus Vos, "The Pauline Eschatology", pp. 62, 63, 66