“One of the things we must come to grips with is the fact that eschatology precedes everything. The last things come first, just like Jesus said. So the first thing we need to get hold of is the idea that the whole discussion is a matter of interpretative ideas in conflict, not an interpretive idea on one side and the ‘facts’ on the other . . . God is telling a story, and we are that many more chapters closer to the eucatastrophic denouement of His story” (Empires of Dirt, pp. 134-135).