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Preterist Idealism (PI) is a method of interpretation developed by the curator (Todd Dennis) in 2005 and released in the summer of 2006. Though others have borrowed the term originally used for this theology to represent their own systems, PI is unique to this author and the others are demonstrably not representative of a true idealist method. Rather, the others are standard chronological hermeneutics patched over with elements of futurism, historicism, or historical idealism.
PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME
The PI hermeneutic was born out of a career of archivist work which focused on all aspects of Christian eschatology. Over the 25 years of investigation, nearly every point of theology has been examined covering a period of three thousand years and numerous languages. In that time, no other system has been found that utilizes a preterist modifier to free an eternalistic perspective from the chains of history. In every other known case, the goal of prophecy was presented at some point in the scope of earthly chronology. This is an easy mistake to make (obviously), as seeing prophecy from man’s perspective can result in nothing less than an Earth-bound vantage point.
Those systems which have sought to free man from this limiting materialistic perspective have not been Christian in origin. In fact, the approach now known as idealism has roots dating to before the Christian era. Perhaps the most famous pre-Christian expression of idealism can be found in the works of Plato. To this day, his “cave analogy” remains extremely popular among first-year students of philosophy.
Through the following centuries, the term was adopted by scientists, theologians, philosophers, and a wide array of other students of knowledge. Perhaps the most famous expression of historical idealism in the Christian era was provided by Kant.
Though there are a number of theologians who have identified themselves as “idealist” in doctrine, it will be seen that their views are not truly indicative of an eternalist perspective. Rather, these views best represent the furthest extreme of doctrines that are still chronological in orientation, with secondary applications of eternal realities. Therefore, what is commonly called “idealism” is here categorized as “Historical Idealism”.
Though there is a lot to be gained through the study of these views, they are all lacking in their overall application to biblical theology. Unless one sees the body of fulfillment as being signed, sealed, and delivered before creation, then the only possible result is to declare the substance of prophecy to be historical in nature. At this website, these various disciplines will be examined and corrected.
What distinguishes Preterist Idealism from every other theology – including previously-known forms of idealism – is its everlasting focal point. This focal point, termed the “axis” of the view, is not historical in nature. Rather, this substance of prophecy was revealed in history. The everlasting person and work of Jesus Christ was interpreted to man through a number of methods, most notably the “old” covenant and the “new” covenant. In reality, both of these are revelations of that one covenant between the members of the Trinity which was accomplished before creation.
And so, what is being offered here is a completely new hermeneutic – one that explains the flaws of all the standard millennial views, while also showing how simply they can be modified to express the true picture of biblical theology to be found in the Eternal King and kingdom.
The expression of the eternal law of Christ is to be found in all areas of earthly knowledge. Therefore, what is being presented is a unifying principle to explain the findings of every discipline of science. The “shadow/substance motif” will be given primary attention in the presentation of the PI hermeneutic, as this apparent paradox of creation has evidence in math, physics, theology, and all other disciplines.
To borrow a phrase of Paul by way of explanation, creation looks in a mirror and sees things only darkly. By apprehending the true focal point of reality we can see eternity’s supremacy over all matter face to face.
DEVELOPED FOR THE CLASSROOM
The development of PreteristIdealism.com is being geared for the classroom. Eventually a full curriculum will be offered which is suitable for a four year program of study, with an additional graduate level course. Because every discipline of science and study is impacted by the shadow/substance motif, the texts will provide a fully-rounded body of knowledge and divinity suitable for both the university and the seminary.
FOR FULL PRETERISTS
Particular attention will be paid to the doctrines of full preterism. It is believe that, short of the proper eternal perspective, this system offers the most insight into the teaching tools used for God’s ultimate lesson. That is not, however, to say that full preterism is to be admired or celebrated. Rather, the simple hermeneutical mistake made by that system renders it fundamentally flawed and heretical. Those who have been in the view for a number of years are familiar with the major problems presented by teaching the complete fulfillment of judgment, resurrection, and parousia, and PI explains why this just is not correct in the least. Which also requires the statement that the same failure cripples the orthodox theologies as well. The difference is that all the other theologies are open to the continuation of judgment, resurrection, and parousia. If they are wrong, at least they are not heretically wrong.
In order to skirt the heresies of the full preterist system, certain authors have taken idealist elements and patched them into the doctrines required by the declaration that “all Bible prophecy was fulfilled by AD70”. Though few realize it, this renders the underlying hermeneutic inconsistent and disqualified. This page will show that this attempt to create “applications” out of fulfillment exposes the existing flaws of the underlying method.
What these inconsistent systems present as “applications of AD70” will be show to actually represent an entirely different axis.
INTRO AND HERMENEUTICS
There are many ways to describe a biblical view of idealism. Some are designed for beginners, whereas others are presented for those interested in the “nuts and bolts” architecture of science and theology.
This website will offer an overview of the PI method of interpretation utilizing all methods of presentation, including the simple and the complex.
ARTS & CHARTS
On the simple side of the spectrum will be presented works of art and charts which have been developed to lift the gaze of the observer from temporal things. This change in perspective has often been the goal of many great works of art and literature. This section categorized as “Arts & Charts” will be the holding pen for these attempts.
The fundamental “math” of the system will be categorized under the term “hermeneutics”, Here you will find as much depth as you care to unravel in the quest for theological perfection.
The first order of business at this website will be the archiving and categorization of materials collected over the last 25 years. Following this, a new section will be created to house the developing curriculum. As always, materials are presented freely and you are encouraged to copy and distribute as you wish.
If you ever have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Best of success in your studies. As always, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For your life is hidden with Christ in God. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.