Eschatology Reading Lists

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This coming semester I’ll be teaching two courses on eschatology at Southern Seminary. Several folks beyond students at the seminary have asked me via email and Twitter what books I assign for these, so I decided I would post these reading lists for each of my courses here.

Doctoral Seminar

  • Alan F. Segal, Life after Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion (Doubleday, 2004)
  • Charles E. Hill, Regnum Caelorum: Patterns of Millennial Thought in Early Christianity, 2nd ed. (Eerdmans, 2001)
  • Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho (Catholic University of America, 2003)
  • N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, vol. 3, Christian Origins and the Question of God (Fortress, 2003)
  • Michael S. Horton, Covenant and Eschatology: Divine Drama (Westminster/John Knox, 2002)
  • Paul Boyer, When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Harvard University Press, 1994)
  • Jürgen Moltmann, The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology, trans. Margaret Kohl (Fortress, 1996)

Masters-Level Course

Required Reading

  • Anthony A. Hoekema, The Bible and the Future (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994)
  • George Eldon Ladd, The Presence of the Future (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974)
  • C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (HarperOne, 2001)
  • Richard J. Mouw, When the Kings Come Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002)
  • N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Hope of the Church (HarperOne, 2008)

Fiction (Students pick one of these to read)

  • Margaret Atwood, A Handmaid’s Tale (Anchor, 1998) [Feminist Apocalyptic]
  • Edward Abbey, Good News (Plume, 1980) [Secular Environmental Apocalyptic]
  • Timothy LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Left Behind: A Novel of Earth’s Last Days (Tyndale House, 1996) [Dispensational Evangelical Apocalyptic]
  • C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle (HarperTrophy, 1994) [Mere Christian Apocalyptic]
  • Michael O’Brien, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (Ignatius, 1998) [Roman Catholic Apocalyptic]
  • Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1971) [Southern Literary Catholic Apocalyptic]

Recommended Reading

  • Gregory A. Boyd, God at War: The Bible and Spiritual Conflict (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997)
  • Paul Boyer, When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1992)
  • Robert G. Clouse, The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1977)
  • Brian E. Daley, The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology (Hendrickson, 2003)
  • Russell D. Moore, The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Wheaton: Crossway, 2004)
  • Jeffrey Burton Russell, Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Jerry L. Walls, Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy (Oxford University Press, 2002)

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).