Robert Dean -- Free Public LectureSaturday Feb 23 2019 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove
"’It's the End of the World as We Know It:’ Reclaiming an Eschatological Imagination”
Robert Dean, Th.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics
Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2019, a community service for the general public. Admission is free – no registration is required.
Significant developments in the fields of biblical studies and theology over the past one hundred years have recovered the eschatological character of the gospel. However, these scholarly insights into the centrality of eschatology for Christian faith have yet to permeate the life of the North American church significantly. Hence the eschatological character of the New Testament continues to be ignored by much of the church, and eschatology continues to be seen as the domain of doomsday prophets and prognosticators. Yet neither eschatological ignorance nor apocalyptic speculation adequately equips the church to bear faithful witness to Christ in the time between the times. Nothing less than the recovery of the robust eschatological imagination of the apostles will do.
Robert J. Dean (ThD, Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Providence Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, the most recent being a collaboration with Stanley Hauerwas entitled, Minding the Web: Making Theological Connections (Cascade, 2018).