Steven Charleston is an elder of the Choctaw Nation and the retired Episcopal bishop of Alaska. He is the author of The Four Vision Quests of Jesus and many other books. 

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Apocalypse is Not a Dirty Word

by Steven Charleston 07-14-2019
Why we need to talk about heaven, hell, and the end of it all.

Illustration by James Jirat Patradoon

I HAVE WORKED WITH progressive Christians for a very long time, and I’ve noticed that too much talk about heaven seems to embarrass them.

Many people I’ve encountered have been eager to talk about the gospel of social justice but much less enthusiastic talking about eschatology. They seemed happy, for example, to talk about the feeding of the 5,000, but not so much about the Book of Revelation or the apocalypse.