I knew it was all about eschatology (the meaning of life)

I always get a good laugh from my friends when there is some Biblical or theological puzzle, and I lean over quietly and say, “It’s all a matter of eschatology.” See this post by poserorprophet: Eschatology, Ontology, and Meaning: A Rough Sketch

. . . I wonder if our ontological efforts are, in actuality, efforts to restore meaning to a world wherein everything appears to be meaningless, and wherein we no longer even know how to make sense.

(2) However, it also seems to me that any exploration of the question of meaning is inextricably linked to the experience of death. That is to say, it is the profound rupture of death the creates the crisis of meaning in the first place . . .

(5) Of course, the biblical approach to history and time, is one that is thoroughly eschatological. Now, by ‘eschatology’ I mean something closer to a ‘philosophy (or theology) of history’ than to the traditional understanding of eschatology as ‘last things.’ Eschatology is a way of remembering the past (especially the life, death and resurrection of Jesus) and anticipating the future (especially the parousia of Christ) in order to live meaningfully in the present.

(6) Therefore, it is eschatology, and not ontology, that provides us with the proper framework for approaching the question of meaning today. Indeed, by making this assertion, I suspect that I am simply recovering a biblical way of thinking, for I believe that the ontological paradigm is a later (Greek and Latin) imposition upon biblical modes of thought.

(7) Further, I can’t help but wonder if our ontological efforts actually contribute to the problem of meaninglessness that we are experiencing. For, it seems to me, our ontological efforts appear to be a part of our flight from history — from lived experienced — into the realm of timeless abstract truths. When truth is made abstract, then our concrete experiences become dissociated from meaning.

(9) Thus, I simply reassert my point that, if we are to recover a sense of meaning today, the way forward lies within an eschatological paradigm. We must rediscover a biblical theology of history if we are to hope to live meaningfully.

I’m now standing in the front row. . . “Preach on, brother!!” Read the whole post here.

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