To: topcat54; raynearhood
Thank you for responding. You cited North as the originator of the term "Biblically optimistic," but nothing remotely resembling that appears in the passage you quoted. What he used was "eschatological pessimism," which implies its opposite as well and which is what I would have suggested as being much closer to what seems to be your intent. Of course, it is your ping list and you may advertise it as you wish, but perhaps you might wish to consider the following.
The Bible's main point is God's plan for salvation, which is inherently "optimistic." Referring to temporal eschatological matters is necessarily less significant than that plan for eternal salvation. To coin the phrase "Biblically Optimistic" conjures up the prospect by inference of its converse, which suggests that the salvation plan described therein must be flawed. That would be a gross fundamental misunderstanding of the Bible.
If what you mean is eschatological rather than soteriological, why not make it plain?
posted on 02/25/2009 5:36:40 PM PST
by Hebrews 11:6
(Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
To: Hebrews 11:6; raynearhood
Sorry. I got tangled up in the thread. Gary North was the originator (I believe) of the term "pessimillennialism".
"Biblically optimistic" has to do with the measurable positive effect the gospel will have in the world over the course of history.
posted on 02/25/2009 5:56:19 PM PST
("Dispensationalism -- like crack for the eschatologically naive.")
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