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Ultimate Things: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on the End Times Paperback – May 25, 2005
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Rather than setting out his own interpretation, as is so vogue in many fractalized Protestant circles today, Engleman, in the true tradition of the Orthodox Church, quotes extensively from the Church Fathers on eschatological matters. Heretical and 'gitchee' modern doctrines like the Rapture are debunked as non-canonical, non-scriptural, and the vain imaginings of a 19th century Scotish woman.
As a practicing Orthodox Christian myself, I received immense guidance from this book and am very thankful to Dennis Engleman for this timely and much needed contribution.
First, the title is a misnomer, since in the forward, Father Hopko, who endorses the book, also tells the reader that the book is an "Orthodox Perspective" not neccesaarily "Orthodox Teaching." I'm not to sure what that is supposed to mean. The Orthodox Church does not agree with this escthalocial construct, but it is written with an Orthodox twist? It is not clear. Therefore, the book is purchased with a kind of false pretense. The title "Orthodox Perspective" gives the suspecting buyer the ideal he is reading "Orthodox teaching."
While the author quotes several Saints of the Church, scripture, and teachers, he is sometimes dis-jointed in connecting the dots. He often quotes too much and fails in providing enough personnal commentary.
While I tend to agree with his position compared to the curent rage of Pre-tribulational theology, I do not find too much different from traditional Amillinialism. The twist comes here in this text with a focus on Eastern Christrianity. This is the books strength. The West has ofetn view the "last days" through an American eyes version. The middle East climatic battles are read on what is America's role. This book tends to demonstarte the Church's role as we are Christians first, and Nationalist second.
That is the books strength and for it allow this book should be read.
This book is of monumental porportion, it's scarry yet having a strong beleive in my Orthodox religion and knowing what awaits us in the after life it's an inspiration.
A must read for anyone whos faith is shaken or whos soul is searching for a true religion...Ultimate Things puts all the HERESIES of the Rapture and the Millenial reign of Christ on earth to rest and shows people the thruth of what is to come. ORTHODOXY proclaiming the THRUTH since 33 A.D
While I am not sure whether Mr. Engleman attends a parish affiliated with either the Russian Church or its offshoots in this country (such as the OCA and ROCOR), it is quite apparent from the heavy reliance upon the Russian theologians that he has been greatly influenced by the streams of thoought in the Russian tradition. This is not necessarily a bad thing as this tradition is extremely rich. However, some writers in the Russian Church can often be extremely triumphalistic and can have a distorted view of eschatological issues. Ironically, in seeking to combat the parochialism and lack of perspective common in American Protestantism on eschatological topics, the author relies heavily on those with some of the same problems.
Engleman - like many Protestant dispensationalists - sees Scriptural prophecies of the eschaton pointing to current events. Unlike them, he sees the role of Russia as a postive force and that of America and the West in a generally negative light.Read more ›
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I was disappointed after reading this book, but it was the first Orthodox resource I had come across that dealt with the end times. Read morePublished on February 24, 2004
_Ultimate Things: An Orthodox Perspective on the End Times_ by Dennis Engleman is an outline of the rise of the Antichrist and the coming Apocalypse. Read morePublished on October 25, 2003 by zonaras
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This book is a must for those who want to learn a traditional point of view based on the writings of the Early Church Fathers.Published on March 14, 2003
Dennis Engleman has written a first-class survey of Orthodox teaching on the End Times in "Ultimate Things. Read morePublished on December 28, 2002 by James Jenkins