Participatory eschatology : a challenge for dualistic and non-dualistic thinking

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dc.contributor.author Dreyer, D.J. (Daniel)
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-06T07:26:42Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-06T07:26:42Z
dc.date.issued 2020-08-17
dc.description.abstract In the modern era, much optimism, other than biblical hope, dominates both secular and religious consciousness. Whilst critics scorn the apocalyptic hope of the Bible as an indication of ignorance and fear, the dualistic mind does not possess an operational system to deal effectively with concepts such as death and eternity. For a dualistic mind to move beyond words, ideas and rational thinking, the ‘negative’ way of a non-dualistic intuitive mind is also needed. Dualistic and non-dualistic thinking are jointly necessary to create a magnificent form of higher consciousness. Therefore, Jesus used in his teaching the non-dualistic thinking of parables to explain the meaning of the kingdom of God. A meaningful life in light of the age to come is an optimistic life. And an optimistic life is a faithful life in the presence of faithful and eternal God (I AM what I AM and I WILL BE whatever I WILL BE). Such faith as a radical trust in God is a loyal commitment of the self at the deepest level of the ‘heart’ (consciousness). A participatory eschatology is more than mere discussion (subject/object). Once the eschatological hope turns into participation (subject/subject), the eschatological promise becomes fulfilment and the fulfilment becomes a promise. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : The aim of this article is to rethink, within the discipline of systematic theology, our view of Christian hope (eschatology) in the light of the new consciousness of engagement between human beings and their cultural context. We draw perspectives from philosophy, sociology, psychology and the natural sciences. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ve.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Dreyer, D.J., 2020, ‘Participatory eschatology: A challenge for dualistic and non-dualistic thinking’, Verbum et Ecclesia 41(1), a2069. https://DOI.org/10.4102/ve.v41i1.2069. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v41i1.2069
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/82048
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Eschatology en_ZA
dc.subject Christian hope en_ZA
dc.subject Kataphatic en_ZA
dc.subject Apophatic en_ZA
dc.subject Dualistic thinking en_ZA
dc.subject Nondualistic thinking en_ZA
dc.subject Evolution en_ZA
dc.subject Consciousness en_ZA
dc.title Participatory eschatology : a challenge for dualistic and non-dualistic thinking en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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