Views on the End Times are a dime a dozen, but it’s probably safe to assume you’ve never seen eschatology taught like this before! Russell Moore, Dean of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, explains why he opened this semester of his class on the Doctrine of the Last Things by showing a clip from The Planet of the Apes.
I’ve got to say that I love the idea of merging doctrinal teaching with cultural apologetics. It helps people understand that theology is absolutely relevant in our daily lives. Whether we undertake a serious study of theology or not, the fact remains that we are developing a personal set of beliefs from somewhere, whether it’s intentional or not. This is even more important on a subject like eschatology that tends to be either taught poorly or avoided altogether.
But eschatology and discipleship in the church is kind of like sex education in the home. Just because you don’t talk about sex with your kids doesn’t mean they will grow up ignorant of sex. It means they’ll hear about sex from somewhere else.
Just because you don’t preach and teach about the Christian vision of the future, that doesn’t mean your church is void of eschatology. It means your church is picking up an eschatology from somewhere else, sometimes from the local cineplex.
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