As late 20th-century observers, it seems impossible for us to
empathetically--or even objectively--assess the whole millennium and try to
put ourselves, as it were, in another century. We can only catch the
barest of glimpses, especially the farther back we go to the turn of the First
Millennium, A.D. It is a valuable exercise, however, and our special
section called the First Things Millennial Series, does just that. And when we look
ahead to a new millennium we try to learn from history's lessons and keep
perspective. But is there more reason to hope or to despair?
The very timetable the world finds itself on today--our Western
calendar--turns on the events of Jesus Christ's advent to earth. The
reference "A.D." (from the Latin anno domini or "in the year
of Our Lord") witnesses to the split in time attributed to this Man who
claimed deity. Although some would say that this timekeeping standard held
sway because the colonial Euro-Christian forces of the millennium foisted
a construct upon the world, there is no denying the power of Jesus' life
even upon the millennium that fell long after his death and
resurrection. Therefore, we discuss not only influential figures of the
Second Millennium itself, but also highlight Christ, the One who lives on. We also
look ahead into the subject of His second coming and how the Church
universal may make Him known in the Third Millennium, A.D.
—Leadership University Editor/Webmaster, Byron Barlowe
A Millennial Symposium: What Can We Reasonably Hope For?
First ThingsThe editors at First Things Journal write, "In the last year we
published a millennium series of articles remembering,
century by century, where we have been. Now we ask a group of notable
thinkers, all of whom are familiar to our readers, what they expect of the
future. Writers were free to choose their own topics, and we trust our
readers will agree that the result is a suggestive, and frequently
provocative, contribution to the right ordering of expectations, hopes, and
fears for the century and millennium now upon us."
Beyond Blind Faith
Paul LittleWhat do you think of when you hear the word "Christmas"? Frantic shopping?
The millennium appears, the century ends, the annual calendar comes off the
wall, all in time with the birth of the millennium's most influential
Person, Jesus Christ. The author begins, "It is impossible for us to know
conclusively whether God exists and what He is like unless He takes the
initiative and reveals Himself."
Finding Your Constant in the New Millennium
Every Student's ChoiceNo matter what happens in the world or in our own individual lives, is
there a place to turn for stability? Can we look toward the future with
hope, regardless of life's and the world's circumstances?
Living in the New Dark Ages
Lou WhitworthA review of Charles Colson's important book, Against the Night: Living in
the New Dark Ages. Colson argues that "new barbarians" are destroying our
culture with individualism, relativism, and the new tolerance.
The Coming Age of Cathedrals
John J. ReillyLike the medieval citizens who anticipated the year 1000, we come to face a
new millennium with apocalyptic expectations. Will society evolve into
another "cathedral age" or will it decline into an era of increasing
Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium
First ThingsAn attempt to come together on points of agreement between these divisions of
the Christian faith, while keeping clear the differences, ECT fostered much
controversy, especially in evangelical circles. Judge the merits and
problems for yourself.
The Gift of Salvation
First ThingsText of the follow-up statement to the controversial document Evangelicals
and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium."
This is an attempt to forge a clearer statement on the definition of such
key doctrines as "salvation" and "justification."
Special Section: The Millennial Series from First Things Journal
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