Eschatology, Apocalypse, Utopia

Spring 2017
W 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area II
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

In recent years, Christian eschatology has often been critiqued for its world-denying tendencies that place the possibility of human fulfillment in some currently unattainable future, thus negating the value and meaning of life here and now—the classic critique of the masters of suspicion (Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche). Apocalyptic has been charged with violent and often gendered imagery that denies the goodness of creation and rejoices in the destruction of the wicked. Utopic imaginations have come under suspicion as escapist fantasies that refuse to grapple with the world as it is. In this course, we will examine texts that fall into (and sometimes trouble) these three categories, with attention to whether these critiques are accurate, and to the possibilities of re-visioning the world as it now is that each proposal entails. 

Background Expected: 

At least one semester of graduate-level theology (introduction to theology or systematic theology) or permission of instructor.

Course Requirements: 

Careful reading of 100-150pp per week, submission of weekly discussion questions to classesv2, final research paper of 15-20pp

Basis of Evaluation: 

Questions 25%, final paper 75%