A Basic Guide to Eschatology

Making Sense of the Millennium

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The author sets out an interpretative framework that helps readers better understand the meaning of biblical texts and how to apply that meaning to their own life situation.

In this fair, careful, and accessible study, leading evangelical theologian Millard Erickson provides an overview of various end-times perspectives. Pastors, students, and all those interested in end-times thought will find A Basic Guide to Eschatology an understandable, well-organized examination of the various viewpoints.

Each position Erickson examines includes (1) a brief overview, (2) its history, (3) a more thorough examination of its major concepts and of the arguments offered in support of them, and (4) an evaluation of both its positive and negative aspects. Previously published as Contemporary Options in Eschatology, this book contains an updated chapter that discusses new developments in dispensationalism.


Reviews of the previous edition:

"Lucid and well-organized. . . . Each chapter begins with an overview of the position, followed by a short history, and then a more detailed defense. A brief evaluation . . . concludes the discussion of each position."--Douglas Erlandson, Christian Scholar's Review

"Puts forth clearly and responsibly historically held post-, a-, and premillennial views. . . . A balanced and fair book."--Robert Coughenour, Reformed Review

"Erickson is to be commended for the fair, balanced, and careful treatment he has given to each position."--Earl Radmacher, Eternity

"Erickson has been fair in stating and evaluating the various views. . . . This book is a good place to begin in your quest for your own convictions."--Russ Bush, Southwestern Journal of Theology

"Has value for all students of prophecy."--Prairie Overcomer

"Useful for understanding options that have been and remain important for a large number of Christian churches."--ADRIS Newsletter

The Author

  1. Millard J. Erickson

    Millard J. Erickson

    Millard J. Erickson (PhD, Northwestern University) has served as a pastor and seminary dean and has taught at several schools, including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Western Seminary (Portland and San Jose), and Baylor University. He has also...

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"Erickson is certainly one of the most prolific writers among contemporary Baptists. But this comment about quantity shouldn't eclipse the high quality of Erickson's writing. He does a superb job at explaining topics that can be difficult to understand--in this case, eschatology. In a concise, to-the-point fashion, Erickson examines strengths and weaknesses of each of the major schools of thought."--Minister's Packet (April/May 1999)