Christian eschatology and its secularized twin, Western eschatology, are in deep crisis today. So, too, is Adventist eschatology, which is a legitimate, even if rebellious, child of them. The differences, contrasts, and apparent alternatives are only quantitative and on-the-surface. In substance, eschatology is always hope-generating, and faced with this essential and qualifying fact, contemporary eschatologies are chronically deficient. Paradoxically, the mechanism that has blocked them is an obsession with order, a typical Moloch of modern and post-modern times. This has resulted in an eschatology of order at the expense of people who, by nature when they enter the scene, always introduce uncertainty, opacity, confusion, and thus disorder.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/12196