Why the End is Not Near

Why the End is Not Near

A Refutation of End-Times Hysteria

Answers in an Hour
by Duane Garner
Publisher: Athanasius Press
Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Price: $7.95

Walking around with signs proclaiming "the end is NOT near" wouldn't have the same effect, but it would be amore accurate sentiment than its more familiar counterpart. Duane Garner pulls the curtain back on evangelical doom sayers and shows how defeatist eschatology actually has more in common with humanist pessimism than Biblical doctrine.

The title is abit misleading. Rather than dealing with popular apocalyptic visions, Garner focuses on the pernicious nature of Dispensationalism, specifically on Hal Lindsey's sensationalist eschatology. Dispensational premillennialism is relatively new, and its origins are the result of human invention and distortion, not capable Bible interpretation.

A former Dispensationalist, Garner is as familiar with his former perspective as he is with his current one: the historic Christian view that Christ successfully established His kingdom on earth when He first came. While he makes no clear distinction between post- and amillennialism, Garner's view is clearly Reformed.

Part of the Answers in an Hour series, Why the End is Not Near ends the way the Bible does—on a triumphant note, confident that Christ's return will be to fulfill history and not simply rescue His followers. Garner encourages us to engage culture on Christ's behalf, to work toward greater Church unity, and to let our fear turn to peace and hope.

<span class="body_italic" lic;="" line-height:="" 20px;"="">Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

 

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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Summary: Garner doesn't know when Christ will return, but he does know that Dispensationalism is wrong and that Christians should engage culture on Christ's behalf.

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