8751Re: Uncomprimising Christians
- Jul 11, 2003--- In email@example.com, "Peter"
>The "Idealist" method of prophetic interpretation is primarily
> "Idealism" almost sounds like Christian Dualism "Good Vs Evil".
> Also, it sounds like the logical conclusion of futurism's
> hermeneutical technique, which stresses the literal method of
> interpretation. I guess if they were true to their method they
> would believe Babylon the Great was actually a whore on a dragon,
> if I'm interpreting what your saying correctly? Please tell me more
> about Idealism?
an "Ahistorical" method (in effect, the very opposite of Historicism
and to some extent, the opposite of Preterism too). The Idealist
method does not look for fulfullment of NT prophecy in any historical
events, but only in terms of themes or ideals (ie. "Good Vs
Evil", "Christ Vs Satan", the "Church Vs the kingdom of Antichrist",
Not surprisingly, no premillennialist would subscribe to this method.
But some Postmillennialists have (e.g. Rushdoony's book, "Thy Kingdom
Come: Studies in Daniel and Revelation"). But mostly its a view held
by many Amillennialists today (e.g. William Hendickson, Kim
Riddlebarger, Sam Hamstra, Cornelis Venema, Robert Strimple, etc.).
While some other Amills are futurists (e.g. David Engelsma) and other
Amills are preterists (e.g. Jay Adams).
>It was first published in 1994 under the title, "The Law, The Gospel
> > Why do you think there is a book called, "Five Views
> > on Law and Gospel" (and that one doesn't even cover NCT or Kline
> > or Shepherd's views)?
> I've never heard of that book. I was aware that there are
> variations of the two main views of the Covenants but not to such
> an extent.
> How old was the book?
and the Modern Christian: Five Views" edited by Wayne Strickland. Its
recent edition has a newer title.
> Most of these schismatic seem to have arisenYes, NCT is an over-reaction against classical covenant theology and
> fairly recently. I know NCT is new (I'm not being redundant).
infant baptism. (Its also an over-reaction to Theonomy too, which NCT
Advocates (Reisinger and Zens) see as the logical implication of
classical covenant theology).
> Where is the online version of the History of Protestantism?Everywhere!
> I bought SWRB's, version does it have illustrations? Where did youI bought mine 15 years ago from "Valley Gospel Mission", the Canadian
> buy yours?
distributor of "Gospel Mission" books in Choteau, MT.
If yours is the "SWRB version", then you must be referring to a
photocopy reprint, since that is mostly what they sell now. But it
should come with the same illustrations throughout the book. The only
reason why the online versions do not have the illustrations included
are because the image files are too big to download off the Internet.
If you want to get the real book version of HoP, then go to:
>Its more due to his fundamentalist upbringing and associations (e.g.
> It surprised me when I found out Paisley was a Premillennialist.
> Perhaps a remnant of his Baptist upbringing or am a being narrow
Bob Jones University) , but also because Spurgeon, Andrew Bonar and
McCheyne were all premill too, as well as his favorite puritan,
Thomas Goodwin. There is even an organisation that is dedicated to
promoting sovereign grace and [post-trib] premillennialism:
Many older ministers in Paisley's Free Presbyterian church are
premillennial, but the younger ones tend to be Amill (and one who is
postmill), but everyone of them are Historicists.
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