Polemics & Exchanges

On Millennia

Aaron D. Wolf’s ranting and caustic assault on premillenarians and dispensational premillenarians (“Apocalypse Now,” Views, April) is making some of us wonder what kind of an agenda Chronicles has.  These are issues over which Christians have a variety of viewpoints, and a modicum of civility might be helpful.  The fact is that most of the Church Fathers were chiliasts (premillennial), among them Irenaeus, Tertullian, Papias, Hippolytus.  That Christ’s literal rule on earth reflects a “deficient Christology and soteriology” would be news to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Moody Bible Institute, Dallas Seminary, etc.—all of which are committed to historic premillennialism.

The dispensational thrust in the United States was launched in the 19th century by Dr. C.I. Scofield (a Congregationalist), Dr. James Brookes (a Presbyterian), William E. Blackwell (a Methodist), and Dr. James Gray (an Episcopalian).  Augustinian amillennialism is losing out today because of its status by negation and because many see in Romans 11 something very special for ethnic Israel in the wrap-up of human history (even Karl Barth, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and C.E.B. Cranfield, to speak of but a few).  Even on dispensationalism, Mr. Wolf does not get his facts straight—the seventh...

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