Monday, August 24, 2009

Belcher's Theological Novels

I just finished reading Journey in Grace by Richard. P. Belcher. The lead narrator Ira is a student studying to become ordained. In the meanwhile he is serving his second Baptist church and he is engaged to Terry whom he marries in the last chapter. There are several subplots and always theological inquiry with Terry. Throughout the novel they study Calvinism, the definitions, Scriptural basis for the five points of Calvinism and the questions that Calvinism generates. Their inquiry ends just before they marry.

At the end of the novel, the narrator Ira writes: "As we left the church after the reception, the question crossed my mind, 'What theological search shall I make next?' The answer came immediately--'Eschatology!' " Belcher did write such a book, but it is out of stock now. Here is how it is described.

A Journey in Eschatology - A Theological Novel

"Dr. Richard Belcher This is the continuing story of Ira Pointer, as he faces another theological search. Thinking he is free of such pursuits for a while, he is again suddenly thrust into the most difficult of all quests, the search to unravel the various eschatological (pertaining to the last day) views of his day. His mind is at times boggled by the many eschatological terms, and claims -- Pre-mil, post-mil, a-mil, preterist, historicist, pre-trib, post-trib, etc. But not only is he searching for an understanding of theology in this difficult area, but he is involved with another search. We learn in this book that he was reared in a children's home, having been abandoned by his parents at 2 years of age. So when the writing of this book opens the door to search for his birth parents, he at first rejects the possibility, but then after prayer, becomes deeply involved in that arduous and even dangerous challenge."
Anyone out there read A Journey in Eschatology?


  1. Hi there,
    It looks like all his Journey books can be ordered here, including the one on Eschatology.

  2. Okay, Grits, the order is in for Belcher's eschatology novel. It is just what ths blog is about. Maybe we can arrive at a viewpoint afterall!

  3. So, years later, for those who read the book, what is Richard Belcher's personal understanding of the Lord's return?


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