Edward Adams in the recently published monograph ‘The Stars Will Fall From Heaven’, with N.T Wright in his critical sights, has produced an excellent resource in attempting to bring under scholarly focus a variety of texts which refer to ‘cosmic catastrophes’. After detailed interaction with may texts he reaches the conclusion ‘that the created universe is destined to be dissolved is clearly expressed in the Old testament….. Jewish apocalyptic and related writings.’
Edward Adams has an article in the latest issue of the Expository Times which explores the relationship between his eschatology and how to treat the environment. Here is the blurb.
Edward AdamsKing’s College London,
This article assesses the environmental implications of the hope of a new heaven/s and new earth as we find it expressed in 2 Peter 3.5-13 and Revelation 21.1-22.5. Both texts present the environmentally problematic scenario in which the present creation is dissolved prior to the establishment of the new created order. It is argued, though, that the hope for a new cosmic creation in these passages is not wholly lacking in environmental appeal. ‘Waiting for’ the new heaven/s and earth does not mean abdicating moral responsibility and is not incompaible with pro-environmental action.
Key Words: environment • eschatology • new creation • 2 Peter • Revelation
The Expository Times, Vol. 121, No. 4, 168-175 (2010)