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In this article, a case for developing a Christian approach to (in)security is offered, hinging on the idea that there is an end to evil. It is argued that there still is merit in combining the human longing for securitas with a biblical sense of certitudo. First, a short selection of religious or ecclesiastical thought and action on the topic of security and safety is examined. Then, today’s thinking about security is analyzed through the lens of Adam’s timescape concept. Finally, I advocate the need for a biblically informed eschatological interpretation of security concerns that reorients the existing administrative, social scientific, or other academic approaches to fear, danger, threat, and insecurity.

In: Philosophia Reformata
In: Sicherheit und Krise

Abstract

In this article, a case for developing a Christian approach to (in)security is offered, hinging on the idea that there is an end to evil. It is argued that there still is merit in combining the human longing for securitas with a biblical sense of certitudo. First, a short selection of religious or ecclesiastical thought and action on the topic of security and safety is examined. Then, today’s thinking about security is analyzed through the lens of Adam’s timescape concept. Finally, I advocate the need for a biblically informed eschatological interpretation of security concerns that reorients the existing administrative, social scientific, or other academic approaches to fear, danger, threat, and insecurity.

In: Christian Faith, Philosophy & International Relations