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The Christian Understanding of History

By Eric Rust

The Christian Understanding of History

The Christian Understanding of History

By Eric Rust

An examination of the problems of our historical existence, in the context of God's revelation through His Son as the key to historical meaning.

Series: Library of Ecclesiastical History
Trade Information: JPOD
Available as: Hardback, Paperback

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Print Hardback

ISBN: 9780227171202

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 312pp

Published: November 2002


Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780227171196

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 308pp

Published: November 2002


The problem of world-history and its meaning is acute. In a scientific age we are also becoming historically conscious, realising how many of our contemporary problems cannot be solved without an understanding of their historical perspective. The whole conception of world-history is rooted in Christianity, and the Christian faith proclaims God's special revelation through His Son as the key to historical meaning.

How does this Salvation History relate to the complex events of our historical existence? Does God only work in Salvation History or is there also a general revelation of His presence? In this comprehensive and magisterial study, the author suggests answers to these and other questions, believing that only by examining the problems in the light of the biblical revelation, and the meaning it gives to history, can they be understood.

Part I. The Basic Principles
I. The Enigma of History
II. History as a Process of Nature
III. Utopian Illusions
IV. History and the Eternal Order
V. Salvation History and the History of Religions
VI. Salvation History as Historical Myth

Part II. The Course of Salvation History and Its Eschatological Framework
VII. Israel: The Covenant and the Promises
VIII. The Failure of the Nation and the Doctrine of the Remnant
IX. The Travail of the Exile and the Deepening Revelation
X. The Fulness of Time and the Coming of the Kingdom
XI. The Son of Man and the Kingdom of God
XII. Paul's Understanding of History
XIII. The Gospel and Hellenism

Part III. Salvation History and World History
XIV. History and Eschatology
XV. Secular History and Fallen Man
XVI. Fallen Man and Community
XVII. Salvation History and the New Humanity
XVIII. Secular History and the Divine Sovereignty
XIX. The End of History


Eric Charles Rust was Tutor at Rawdon College, West Yorkshire.