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The Eschatological Economy: Time and the Hospitality of God [Paperback]

By Douglas H. Knight (Author)
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Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2006
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802863159  
EAN  9780802863157  

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Much current theology is content with modernity's assertion that human experience is the true measure of time. Yet a distinctively Christian theology moves beyond that proposal and holds to a more sophisticated idea of time - that both the individual and the world are works in progress, and neither will be settled until established in relationship with God. This substantive new work by Douglas Knight confronts the central trends of modern thought with this ongoing progress, the "eschatological economy" of the Christian tradition. Throughout The Eschatological Economy Knight links Christian doctrine to an awareness of both being and becoming, and he gives pride of place to the work of God in the world through creation, Israel, and the cross. An ambitious and unique approach to systematic theology, Knight's Eschatological Economy presents an invigorating discussion of Israel, of the atonement and the Trinity, and of the ultimate fulfillment of this world.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Douglas Knight teaches Christian doctrine at the South East Institute for Theological Education, London. A student of the late Colin E. Gunton, he earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from King's College, London. He is coeditor of The Theology of John Zizioulas: Personhood and the Church (forthcoming).

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A Mini Dogmatics that Harvests Recent Theology and Recovers Classical Christianity  Jan 28, 2008
Colin Gunton in his The One, the Three and the Many (Bampton Lectures) sought to offer a theological analysis of modernity while at the same time calling Christian theology back to the heart of its faith, the Triune God. In this book, Douglas Knight has similar goals, though here he follows the recent trend of eschatologicizing doctrine by mapping an eschatological ontology onto Gunton's Zizioulasian trinitarian ontology. This book does a lot. Knight reconceives the task of theology, the role of Scripture, christology, the Trinity, pneumatology, Israelology, ecclesiology, hermeneutics, and so many other topics. It also redefines so much basic terminology such as time, being, person, place. But I think it is most expedient to view this book as a theology from the view of sanctification, for the goal is to better understand how God transforms us into participants in his life.

Essentially Knight believes that we need an 'eschatological' rather than 'protological' ontology because humanity is in the process of becoming human. This is Irenaeus' vision of Christian transformation. He coins a 'doxological ontology', which employs the relational personhood theory, now so common to the literature (see two popular theologies that make this theory applicable Like Father, Like Son: The Trinity Imaged in Our Humanity; and Trinity In Human Community ), Knight believes that our personhood is constituted by our relationships. Likewise, our knowledge is mediated by the communities in which we participate. Thus, God transforms us by altering the formative relational structures according to his eschatological end for creation. In other words, God creates a new community - Israel/Church - and institutes new practices - temple, sacrifice, sacrament, liturgy, worship, etc. - so that humanity can become holy under his provision and grace. God teaches us to be human, and as we worship we become what we are doing.

This conceptuality allows Knight to engage in some anthropologically attuned biblical exegesis of Israel's sacrificial cult and temple. Knight is very sensitive to the political challenge marked by Israel's actions. As Israel becomes holy, the world is judged and demythologized. Israel's sacrificial cult, for instance, teaches us not to participate in human sacrifice.

On the basis of this, Knight offers a suprisingly thorough criticism of modernity. For starters, Knight dislikes modernity's static conception of 'being' (as a function of natura) and its 'immediate' epistemology. He also disdains the way it cannot account for embodiedness.

This is a great book. It makes use of much recent theology - Zizioulas, Gunton, Jenson, for example - but it does so in such a way so as to recover classical Christianity. Knight has an impressive ability to connect and assemble doctrinal themes. I hope to see him develop this portrait more. I'd be particularly interested in how his admittedly more Eastern view can cohere with Reformed theology, especially since he is a self-described 'catholic-evangelical'...

For more, see my forthcoming review in Heythrop Journal
An important book  Oct 22, 2007
Douglas H Knight has written a very good book. He does not seek to reinvent the theological wheel; rather calls us back to it, and illumines its usefulness, especially in light of challenges modernity and post-modernity. His thoughts on Israel and God's relation and purpose for his chosen people are wonderful and challenging. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a solid synthesis of both ancient and modern Christian thought.
don't miss it  Jul 22, 2006
This book is a pure gift - and therefore very difficult to be summarised. It is both personal and ecclesial - apophatic and cataphatic. Douglas Knight is one of the most persuasive and radical theologians in the British Isles, a voice to wrestle with, and an excellent communicator.

ESCHATOLOGICAL ECONOMY is theology written within the conceptual framework and under the narrative umbrella of Classical Christian tradition. Both the author and the publishers should be congratulated for this achievement!

The eschatological economy vs. the economy of modernity  Jun 20, 2006
The Eschatological economy makes daring and provocative claims:
`Christian thought is political. It contradicts other systems of ideas and creates a real encounter and contest of world-views...'
`Modernity is a religion... Modernity and Christianity are both forms of enlightenment, but modernity is the counterfeit version, Christianity the real one...'
`The Word of God identifies Western being as a failure of action and of relatedness, and thus as a failure of being... `
Such bold claims require a radical approach and in an important sense Douglas Knight's book is about the totality of the real: about God and God's action and about time and history. `Modern thought [was] ever ready to take things apart but [was] unable to put them together again'.
Yet, while making bold claims about things theo-logical, the book is also about humanity, perhaps profoundly about humanity. After all, God's action and being are deeply bound to humanity and there is no knowledge of the Creator God without knowledge of his creature.
From this perspective the book is about personhood, about sanctification and transformation, that is, about paideia, which becomes, in Knight's use, a key theological term. Special attention is accorded to the `stage' of this transformation and especially to the role of Israel in this process.
`A Trinitarian and Irenaean view of Israel's anthropology puts human beings in touch with the creation of which they are members. Humankind is hosted by God and brought up by him into the practice of God's hospitality.'
The sacrifice of the Son, the event of the cross is shown to be the apex of God's labour for and with the world, through which we are integrated into the person of the Son through the Holy Spirit, becoming thus members of his body, the Church.
All these things are spelled out in conversation with the contemporary (post)modern world, its claims and proposals, systems of ideas, dichotomies, utopias and above all, its idols. It is a conversation to be sure, but it is also a contest and a battle against falsehood and pretense, an affirmation of what really `is' and what `is to come', against a rhetoric of `being' and self-made existence.
In this sense, the book is also about method and sources, as it advocates reflection that listens to the Scriptures and acknowledges the richness of church doctrine and tradition. Indeed, Christianity can and must tell the difference between constructive change and mere decay since `one way of being human is very considerably better than other ways'...
Knight modestly claims that there's nothing really new in his book (This reminds some of us of Zizioulas' modest stance!)...
Yet, the book offers a genuine experience of the `new', just confirming, perhaps, an underlying theme in Knight's book: It is only as we respond to God in obedience and praise that we allow him to do new things; we allow Him to labor `changes' that have a future, changes that conform us to the image of His Son.
After all, the Gospel, as Knight reminds us, `is the most exhilarating thing in the marketplace'...
Getting a taste of this pathos alone makes the book worth studying.
A must read for all Theology students and preachers but also for philosophers, sociologists and political theorists who engage themselves in `descriptions' or `prescriptions' of the contemporary world.

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