Theology, we have a problem.
Like a slow-ticking time-bomb, this problem has been laying dormant in the sub-structure of theological thinking for millennia, threatening to shake it at its foundations.
Often under the radar, this problem began ticking ‘louder’ about 100 years ago, perplexing some of the 20th century’s greatest minds, including theologian and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, as well as notable skeptic and mathematician Bertrand Russell.
Now, at the dawn of what some are naming ‘Second Tier’ consciousness, this problem stands as an immovable obstacle for any meaningful Integral theology moving forward.
This problem is time.
Specifically, eschatological time as is conventionally marked.
The better part of the last 2000 years has focused on the “end of the world” as a future event inaugurated by the parousia of Christ, tied together with a day of judgment and the resurrection of the dead. This language, intelligible in Middle Eastern and Western religious traditions and cultures at large for millennia, has began to fall apart as humanity’s consciousness has evolved. The advent of globalization and ecological care stand in stark contrast to the planet’s apocalyptic destruction.
In other words: Humanity is seeking answers to the future, not praying and waiting for its end.
Is there a theology up for the challenge of meeting humanity’s greatest passion – and need – today? Only time will tell, but this is what Integral Theology seeks to do.
We think resolving this problem of eschatological time is so important, we’re making this 125 page excerpt from Max King’s ground-breaking 1987 work The Cross and the Parousia of Christ available free of charge, in PDF format, right here.
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