Since its beginning, CHRISTIANITY TODAY has carefully avoided aligning itself editorially with any particular view of the millennium. Though the magazine’s first four editors were premillennialists, members of both the board of directors and editorial staff represented various millennial viewpoints. In our book reviews, we have both praised and criticized books written by amils, premils, and postmils. Moreover, articles have indirectly defended almost every millennial position conceivable. Yet, as a publication, we have always refrained from coming out in solid support of any particular view.

This is not to say that what we believe about the millennium is of no importance. Rather, it reflects our conviction that some doctrines are more crucial to the structure of Christianity than others.

Some doctrines—the Trinity and the Incarnation, for example—are more integrally related to the person of Christ or to the gospel. Yet other doctrines, such as baptism or the nature of the elect, may be very important, but do not demand universal allegiance. One can possess an enduring and consistent Christian faith and differ with another believer over this kind of doctrine. Explanations about the second coming of Christ fit this description. It is an important slice of biblical theology, but it does not require a single interpretation among Christians.

Legitimate Differences

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to an accurate evaluation of any particular interpretation of the millennium is the remarkable variety within each view. For example, radically different scenarios may be found among premillennialists. And the same can be said for amillennial and postmillennial views.

The dissimilarity among the alternative views is even more ...

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