HDS 3911

The Last Things: Religious, Theological and Cultural Perspectives in Eschatology

Susan Abraham


This course engages interreligious and intercultural perspectives on "The Last Things" or, Eschatology. Readings engage biblical and patristic eschatology, eschatology in world religions, global, feminist, philosophical and cultural issues in eschatology. In particular, we will examine why the 20th century has been called "the century of eschatology." We will also examine Christian theological notions of eschatology together with cultural materials such as Hal Lindsey's The late Great Planet Earth and the Left Behind series. Further, interreligious perspectives on eschatology underscore the idea that the broad definition of eschatology operating in the West only applies to theistic religions that hold on to a linear view of time and history. What practical theological implications follow for communities of faith grappling with multiple narratives of "The End Times" is the question we will explore.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Tue Thu 11:30am-1pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None