New Earth Bibliography

Hope is an extremely important reality for the Christian. Sadly, I think many Christians are too comfortable in this life to hope for the life to come. Add to this the distorted picture of heaven as floating on harps singing 'Amazing Grace' eternally, and hope becomes sidelined. But biblically conceived, heaven is not escape from the created order but rather the redemption of it. Here is a bibliography of books and articles I have found helpful pertaining to the biblical hope of a new heavens and new earth. I have noted those that I have not read, but have heard good things about. Here is a link to a more readable document that can also be accessed on the toolbar under 'Writings.'

New Earth Resources:

Alcorn, Randy. Heaven. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2004. [Have Not Read]

Beale, Gregory K. The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004.
________. "Eden, the Temple, and the Church's Mission in the New Creation." JETS 48, no. 1 (March 2005): 5-31.
________. "The Eschatological Conception of New Testament Theology." In Eschatology in Bible and Theology, ed. Kent E. Brower and Mark W. Elliot, 11-52. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.
________. "The New Testament and New Creation." In Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect, ed. Scott J. Hafemann, 53-65. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Dumbrell, William J. The End of the Beginning: Revelation 21-22 and the Old Testament. Eugene, OR: Wiph and Stock, 1985. [Have Only Read Parts]
________. The Search for Order: Biblical Eschatology in Focus. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001.
________. "Genesis 2:17: A Foreshadowing of the New Creation." In Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect, ed. Scott J. Hafemann, 159-72. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Goheen, Michael W. “(Re)New(ed) Creation: The End of the Story.” Available at
________. and Craig G. Bartholomew. The Drama of Scripture. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.
________. and Craig G. Bartholomew. Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

Goldsworthy, Graeme. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible. Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press, 1991.

Hegeman, David Bruce. Plowing in Hope: Toward a Biblical Theology of Culture. Moscow: Canon Press, 1999.

Hoekema, Anthony A. The Bible and the Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979.

Lawrence, David. Heaven: It's Not the End of the World. London: Scripture Union, 1995.

Marshall, Paul and Lela Gilbert. Heaven is Not my Home: Living in the Now of God's Creation. Nashville: Word, 1998.

McCartney, Dan G. "ECCE HOMO: The Coming of the Kingdom as the Restoration of Human Vicegerency." WTJ (1994): 1-21.

Middleton, J. Richard. "A New Heaven and a New Earth: The Case for a Holistic Reading of the Biblical Story of Redemption." Journal for Christian Theological Research 11 (2006): 73-97.
________. and Brian J. Walsh. The Transforming Mission: Shaping a Christian World View. Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press, 1984. [Have Not Read]

Moo, Douglas J. "Nature in the New Creation: New Testament Eschatology and the Environment." JETS 49, no. 3 (September 2006): 449-88.

Moore, Russell D. "Personal and Cosmic Eschatology." In A Theology of the Church, ed. Daniel L. Akin, 858-926. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2007.

Mouw, Richard J. When the Kings Come Marching In. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.

Pearcey, Nancy. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004.

Plantinga Jr., Cornelius. Engaging God's World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. [Have Not Read]

Poythress, Vern S. "Currents Within Amillennialsim." Presbyterion 26, no. 1 (Spring 2000): 21-25.

Williams, Michael D. "A Restorational Alternative to Augustinian Verticalist Eschatology." Pro Rege (June 1992): 11-24.
________. Far As the Curse is Found. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2005. [Have Not Read]
________. "Of Heaven and History: The Verticalist Eschatology of Geerhardus Vos." Pro Rege (March 1992): 9-18.
________. "On Eschatological Discontinuity: The Confession of an Eschatological Reactionary." Presbyterion 25, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 13-20.
________. "Rapture or Resurrection." Presbyterion 24, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 9-37.
________. "Regeneration in Cosmic Context." Evangelical Journal 7, no. 2 (Fall 1989): 68-80.

Wittmer, Michael E. Heaven is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You do Matters to God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. [Have Not Read]

Wolters, Albert M. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
________. "Worldview and Textual Criticism in 2 Peter 3:10." WTJ (1987): 405-13.

Wright, N.T. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003. [Have not read] [Most of his writings helpfully emphasize this theme].
________. The New Testament and the People of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992.
________. Evil and the Justice of God. Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press, 2006.
________. "New Heavens, New Earth." In Called to One Hope, ed. John Colwell, 31-51. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2001. Similar paper here.
________. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. New York: HarperOne, 2008.