Quote of the Day (Hanson and Hanson)

“An event that has been just around the corner for a thousand years is a non-event. Thinking Christians should not behave as if the Parousia was a genuine possibility” (Anthony and Richard Hanson, in Reasonable Belief (Oxford University Press, 1981) p.196).

For those not theologically trained, the Parousia is a technical term for the ‘second coming of Jesus’. The first time I read this statement by the Hansons I was shocked that someone could say something like this so bluntly, without any equivocation. To me now, it seems like something quite natural and rather obvious. It presupposes, of course, that figures like Tim LaHaye and Hal Lindsay are not “thinking Christians”, but I don’t suppose that is necessarily that controversial…

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01010178962574928062 Ian

    Yep, nice to see it so clearly expressed. Also, always nice to learn a new word. I thought I learned a few new words when I saw Bart Ehrman speak tonight, but sadly, I have forgotten them already (some terms for skipping a line when copying a manuscript because it ends with the same phrase as the previous paragraph).

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