Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Rick L Rasberry
After life, Death, Heaven, Hell, New Earth, New Heaven
Biblical Studies | Practical Theology | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Patton, Wayne Allen, "An Examination of the Doctrine of Death and the Afterlife from a Biblical and Historical Theology Perspective Compared to the Level of Sophistication among the Laity" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1017.
Several key aspects of eschatology and their treatment appear to be under-explored in contemporary preaching. Within the context of individual eschatology, notions of death, the intermediate state, and the eternal state vary widely. A clearer understanding of these facets of the faith are necessary to fully understand the full measure of the work of Christ, the hope Christians have in Him, and the ability to convey these essentials to the lost. In this project, the writer will seek to discover and examine the key aspects of this doctrine and measure the level of sophistication among a sample of the laity. The measurement will be conducted via a confidential online survey of professing believers. At a practical level the goal of the project is that both pastors and laity would be edified on the central issues of the doctrine and that per its content pastors could utilize the data to craft sermons and lessons that take into consideration the identified weaknesses in knowledge as expressed by the participants.