By Michael Gilbertson
This publication examines the query of ways God may well relate to the area of human background. It explores this question in part via a examine of a specific New testomony textual content, the booklet of Revelation, and in part via research of the paintings of 2 modern theologians, J?rgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg. Michael Gilbertson, for this reason, brings New testomony reports and old theology into discussion. even if Pannenberg and Moltmann were seriously stimulated by way of apocalyptic literature, this can be the 1st particular research in their theology of background within the gentle of Revelation.
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Harvey’s preferred solution to the dilemma is the adoption of what he calls ‘soft perspectivism’. By this he means that the Christian historian is entitled to a particular faith perspective, but that this should not be allowed to interfere with honest assessment of the evidence. 23 The theoretical legitimacy and practical application of such a framework are both open to challenge. But the problem Harvey is addressing – the potential of theological concerns to dominate exegesis – is none the less real.
51 While Pannenberg responds positively towards Jewish apocalyptic literature because of the universal historical horizon within which he takes it to operate, Moltmann is more ambivalent. He criticizes the apocalyptic genre for propounding a determinist view of history, in which events unfold according to a preordained plan, in an almost deist system. In this system, what matters is the fulfilment of the plan, not the freedom of God to act in new ways. Moltmann therefore argues that the interpretation advanced by Pannenberg, to the effect that apocalyptic represents a cosmological interpretation of eschatological history and therefore is a key source for a view of universal history, is inadequate.
134). See also Watson (1997), pp. 1–29. 30 Lash (1986), p. 79. Relating scripture and systematic theology 31 and then proceed to understand the present. 31 It is not to say that biblical scholarship and systematic theology are the same thing; and a dialectical approach does not prevent scholars from engaging in only one of these disciplines. 3. From the arguments in this chapter so far, it will be clear that I am seeking in this study to strike a difficult balance. On the one hand, I see the text and the concerns of systematic theology in dialectical relationship.