- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic; StIFF WRAPS edition (May 1, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877847940
- ISBN-13: 978-0877847946
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
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About the Author
Robert G. Clouse (PhD, University of Iowa) was professor emeritus of history at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was also an ordained Brethren minister and served churches in Iowa and Indiana. His books include Meaning of the Millenium, Women in Ministry, War: Four Christian Views and Wealth and Poverty. He also wrote 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).
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None of the theologians went into great detail of the Scriptural exegesis and basis for his view, however. The amillennial view was described and discussed in greater scriptural detail. It is interesting to see the similarities and differences in the 4 views. Clouse did a good job in prefacing and concluding the discussion, and in explaining the importance of such a discussion, showing how one's view of the millennium can really affect one's view on other areas of theology and of practice. This book is with the read!
The only downside to this book is that some of the contributors were very good rebutting the other's arguments, but didn't do quite as well presenting their own position.
The average reader could finish this book easily in a weekend. After having read the book, you'll probably want to do more research on your own. Now that I know a little more about the historic and dispensational premillinialism, post premillinialism, and amillinialism camps I'll be able to discuss end times eschatology a little bit more intelligently and know where to go next for some more thorough research. This book is well worth reading.
Incidentally, I have decided that I am a panmillenial: "It will all pan out in the end!" (I stole that joke from my Professor. ;-) )
Lastly, if you are seeking solid arguments, Hoyt and Hoekema do just that. There is a newer series out entitled, "Counterpoints." It was written in 1999 versus this one published in 1977. I thought I was buying the Counterpoint series only to discover I purchased the wrong one. But once again, it was worth the time and now I think I just might now purchase the Counterpoint to compare.
The authors are knowledgeable, understandable, and generally kind to the opposing positions.
The format is amazing - each author presents his view and each author responds to each of the others' presentations.
It would be helpful to know the basic points of each view before reading, as the authors focus more on debating and less on explaining.
Each of the contributors explains their view more or less competently, although Hoekema (amillennialism) has by far the most rigorous and well-organized essay. Ladd's essay is also quite good. Hoyt's essay is more about the dispesationalist scheme of Biblical interpretation, and he consistently confuses the concept of metaphorical or symbolic interpretation, arguing in his essay that such interpretation is "literalism" when any speaker of English would tell you that it is not.
Boettner's contribution (post-millennialism) was downright disappointing as he had no Biblical exegesis to back up his admittedly engaging presentation of his view. Some of the responses by each contributor to the other's position are fairly rude, in particular Ladd, but also Hoyt to an extent.
The editor's careless work decreased the value of the book. He did not require all the contributors to address their exegesis of key questions, like that of Rev. 20. He allowed Boettner to get away with a sloppy essay that proved nothing. And he allowed Hoyt to blather on and on in his essay and his responses about "literalism," when any dictionary would show that literalism is not what Hoyt says it is.
In summary, you can dig an understanding of the four views of the millennium out of this book, but the editor could have made it much easier.