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by Murray Rothbard
Christianity has played a central role in Western civilization and contributed an important influence on the development of classical-liberal thought. Not surprisingly, Christian beliefs about the "end times" are very important for us right now. Christian Reconstructionism is one of the fastest growing and most influential currents in American religious and political life. Though the fascinating discussions by Jeffrey Tucker and Gary North (in the July and September issues of Liberty) have called libertarian attention to, and helped explain, this movement, to clarify Christian Reconstructionism fully we have to understand the role and problem of millennialism in Christian thought.
Shout for joy, you upright;
praise comes well from the honest.
(Psalm 33: 1)
by Don K. Preston
My friend Sam Dawson recently sent me an article penned by Wayne Jackson, of Stockton, California. Jackson has been an out-spoken critical of Covenant Eschatology, although he has never had the courage to engage in honorable debate on the subject. And this in spite of the fact that he has written articles in the past stating that there needs to be such discussions. Although various and multiple attempts have been made to get Jackson to debate me, he has adamantly refused. While he has never had the courage to engage in formal debate, he sometimes ventures to write an article condemning preterists as heretics, who abuse the scriptures. The article that he recently wrote on, “These things must shortly come to pass” is one such (failed) attempt to negate the time statements of scripture.
First the natural what? Then the spiritual what? We hear a lot about type/anti-type, but what about Scripture?
For nine years now, I have witnessed preterists essentially denying the validity and applicability of Genesis to New Testament discussions of the Old Covenant.
Yes, preterists recognized that AD 70 brought an end to Adam's sin and that Adam's death was some undefined "spiritual" death. But that has been the extent of it.