Militant Grace

The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology

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This clear and comprehensive introduction to apocalyptic theology demonstrates the significance of apocalyptic readings of the New Testament for systematic theology and highlights the ethical implications of the apocalyptic turn in biblical and theological studies. Written by a leading theologian and proponent of apocalyptic theology, this primer explores the impact of important recent Pauline scholarship on contemporary theology and argues for a renewed understanding of key Christian doctrines, including sin, grace, revelation, redemption, and the Christian life.


Part 1: The Shape and Sources of an Apocalyptic Theology
1. An Eschatological Dogmatics of the Gospel of Grace
2. Apocalyptic Theology: Background, Tone, and Tasks
Part 2: Christ, Spirit, and Salvation in an Apocalyptic Key
3. A Sovereign Love: The Royal Office of Christ the Redeemer
4. Christ Must Reign: The Priority of Redemption
5. Not without the Spirit: The Eschatological Spirit at the Origin of Faith
6. Thy Kingdom Come: The Lordship of Christ and the Reign of God
7. The Final Triumph of Grace: The Enmity of Death and Judgment unto Life
Part 3: Living Faithfully at the Turn of the Ages
8. Creation, Redemption, and Moral Law
9. The Fate of Natural Law at the Turning of the Ages
10. The Adventitious Origins of the Christian Moral Subject: John Calvin
11. Crucified to the World: Kierkegaard's Christian Life of Humility and Gratitude
12. A Theological Ethics of God's Apocalypse: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
13. Discipleship: Militant Love in the Time That Remains


"Philip Ziegler's long-standing interest in Pauline apocalyptic here engages the Reformed theological tradition to produce theology in 'an apocalyptic key.' Characterized by deep and generous engagement with exegetes and theologians alike and replete with stunningly fresh insights, Militant Grace will more than repay the careful reading it deserves."

Beverly Roberts Gaventa, distinguished professor of New Testament, Baylor University

The Author

  1. Philip G. Ziegler

    Philip G. Ziegler

    Philip G. Ziegler (ThD, University of Toronto/Victoria University) is personal chair in dogmatics at King's College, University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is cofounder and cochair (with Douglas Harink) of the Theology and Apocalyptic network and...

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