Woolman’s Realizing Eschatology
Woolman’s eschatology was different from many of his peers in that he viewed the eschaton—the eon in which God’s ultimate purposes would be fulfilled—as already present in spiritual form. Woolman’s eschatology is best described as a spiritual “amillennialism,” which means that he did not believe the present time to be lacking anything that would need to be accomplished before God’s reign on earth could be established. Instead, he believed the faithful were already in a state that enacted the kingdom of God in the present, and so they were harbingers calling the world to actualize the completion of ultimate things. Woolman’s eschatology was informed by the Hebrew prophet’s concept of the “peaceable kingdom,” which supported his agrarian vision for colonial America. Moreover, Woolman believed God would bring the world into conformity with the kingdom that he believed he already experienced.
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