n HTS : Theological Studies - The end is now : Augustine on History and Eschatology : original research
|Article Title||The end is now : Augustine on History and Eschatology : original research|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Radboud University, The Netherlands and 2 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||1 - 7|
This article dealt with the church father Augustine's view on history and eschatology. After analysing the relevant material (especially his City of God and the correspondence with a certain Hesyschius) it was concluded that, firstly, Augustine was no historian in the usual sense of the word; secondly, his concept of historia sacra was the heuristic foundation for his idea of history; thirdly, the present is not to be described in the terms of historia sacra, which implies that he took great care when pointing out any instances of 'God's hand in history'; fourthly, the end times have already started, with the advent of Jesus Christ; fifthly, because of the uniqueness of Christ's coming, it runs counter to any cyclical worldview; sixthly, identifying any exact moment of the end of times is humanly impossible and seventhly, there is no room for any 'chiliastic' expectation.
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