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If by “eschatological” you mean an absolute transcendent transformation, then, of course, Christendom fails the test.

By “eschatological” I certainly don’t mean the Catholic Novissimi (Death, Judgment, Hell and Heaven, BTW Resurrection is not even explicitly included). I mean what in the Bible is called “last days”, that is the series of events, at the end of history, that lead to the Final Judgment.

I wonder what you mean by “absolute transcendent transformation”.

I think that Jewish prophetic-apocalyptic thought of the period imagines, in the first place, solidly political outcomes, and I think that my interpretation of the New Testament fits that perspective very well.

I do believe that eschatology entails “solidly political” aspects, but certainly does not consist of them.

I consider the famous dictum, Die Weltgeschichte ist das Weltgericht (“world history is the world’s judgment” - usually attributed to Hegel, although it is by Schiller) simply incompatible with Christian eschatology.