This is not your usual outline of someone's idea of what will happen at the end of the world. Instead, this study guide will lead readers through a systematic study of how one comes to understand this topic systematically and thoroughly from a biblical and theological perspective. Dr. Vick also interacts with Christian history and with major doctrinal statements of various confessions as well as the quest for the historical Jesus.
How is one to understand prophecy and apocalyptic?
Church small groups, classes, and individuals can all benefit from following this study.
Some advanced praise for Eschatology:
In this scholarly and immensely practical work, Dr. Vick walks the participant through a complex theological history. He does so with great clarity and by using examples that will provide material for further study and discussion. His work succeeds at offering both a thorough academic background and a framework for deeper exploration. This work is a valuable contribution to the important and often overlooked field of Adult Christian Education. – Rev. Dr. Robert R. LaRochelle, United Church of Christ Pastor, Author, Crossing the Street, Part Time Pastor, Full Time Church, So Much Older Then (forthcoming)
Edward Vick has written a brief yet surprisingly detailed survey of the vast and complicated field of Christian eschatology. One of the greatest contributions that Vick makes is providing operational definitions for many difficult theological concepts, opening up the entire subject to lay and novice readers. In a time captivated by the ending of the Mayan calendar, upcoming catastrophes of cataclysmic proportions, placing the return of the Lord in our day planners, and reading newspaper headlines as Bible prophecy, this book provides a helpful corrective and foundation for a subject that has become untethered from the Bible, theology, and reality. – Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz, United Methodist Pastor, Author, Learning and Living Scripture, The Gospel According to St. Luke: A Participatory Study Guide, A Living Psalter (editor)
About the Author:
Dr. Edward W. H. Vick was born in Sussex, England. He grew up in Berkshire. A graduate of London (BD), Nottingham (BA Philosophy), Oxford (B.Litt.), and Vanderbilt (Ph.D.) Universities, Dr. Vick is a teacher of wide experience, including many years at Canadian Union College, Alberta (Canada) and at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Michigan (USA). Later he was Head of Religious Studies Department, Forest Fields College, Nottingham, England.
He is now retired, but has for many years been teaching philosophy in local Adult Education programs and writing about matters he has been reflecting on for a lifetime. He has written many books, among them: Creation: The Christian Doctrine, From Inspiration to Understanding:
Edward W. H Vick lives with Esther, his wife of 59 years, in Nottingham, England. He has a son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.