The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views

The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views
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Clouse, Robert G. (ed.)

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Christ is coming again. Since the first century, Christians have agreed that Christ will return. But since that time there have also been many disagreements. How will Christ return? When will he return? What sort of kingdom will he establish? What is the meaning of the millennium? These questions persist today.

Four major views on the millennium have had both a long history and a host of Christian adherents. In this book Robert G. Clouse brings together proponents of each view:

  • George Eldon Ladd on historic premillenniallism
  • Herman A. Hoyt on dispensational premillennialism
  • Loraine Boettner on post-millennialism
  • Anthony A. Hoekema on amillennialism

After each view is presented, proponents of the three competing views respond from their own perspectives. Here you'll encounter a lively and productive debate among respected Christian scholars that will help you gain clearer and deeper understanding of the different ways the church approaches the meaning of the millennium.

About the Editor

Robert G. Clouse (PhD, University of Iowa) is professor emeritus of history at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is also an ordained Brethren minister and has served churches in Iowa and Indiana.

About the Contributors

George Eldon Ladd, professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1950, was educated at Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School (BD) and received the PhD from Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral study at Heidelberg and Basel Universities. Ordained as an American Baptist minister, Ladd served several churches in the denomination. He was professor of Greek at Gordon College (1942-45) and head of the department of New Testament at Gordon Divinity School (1946-50). His writings include Crucial Questions about the Kingdom of God, The Blessed Hope, The Gospel of the Kingdom, Jesus Christ and History, The New Testament and Criticism, The Pattern of the New Testament, Commentary on The Revelation, and The Theology of the New Testament.

Herman A. Hoyt (AB, BD, MTh, ThD, LLD) was chancellor and professor of Christian theology at Grace Theological Seminary and Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He wrote The End Times and several other books. He also contributed to a number of national Christian periodicals.

Loraine Boettner is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (ThB, 1928; ThM, 1929), where he studied systematic theology under Dr. C. W. Hodge. In 1933 he received the Doctor of Divinity, and in 1957 the Doctor of Literature. He taught the Bible for eight years at Pikeville College (Kentucky). His books include The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, Studies in Theology, Immortality, and Roman Catholicism.

Anthony A. Hoekema emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States in 1923. He attended Calvin College (AB), the University of Michigan (MA), Calvin Theological Seminary (ThB) and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThD, 1953). After serving as minister of several Christian Reformed churches (1944-56) he became associate professor of Bible at Calvin College and later professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. He wrote The Four Major Cults, What about Tongue-Speaking?, Holy Spirit Baptism, The Christian Looks at Himself, and The Bible and the Future.

About the Series

Spectrum Multiview Books from IVP Academic offer a range of viewpoints on academic topics about which Christians clearly disagree. The unique format, pioneered by IVP in 1977 with the publication of The Meaning of the Millennium, gives proponents of major positions an opportunity to make their case. Each of the other contributors then offers a brief response. Books in the series range in topic from theology to science, from practical ministry to philosophy. Spectrum books help Christians think more carefully about what they believe and appreciate more the perspectives of others.

Book Details

224 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: April 1977
ISBN 13: 9780877847946

"Congratualtions to IV Press and to editor Clouse for bringing together the most adequate dialogue yet, on the divergent eschatological understandings found in modern evangelicalism."
- Presbyterian Covenant Seminary Review

"A stimulated debate and an excellent learning tool . . . . The book opens a fresh and fruitful dialogue."
- Southwestern Journal of Theology

"This work is an excellent introduction to the discussion as well as a pointer to additional works on the subject."
- TSF Bulletin