I have defined terms such as dystopian literature, and speculative fiction.
Now I want to add some terms, and these are of my own choosing — prophetic literature and apocalyptic literature.
As a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, with ordination from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and current service at two churches of the United Church of Christ, I have a lively interest in biblical prophetic literature. By my credentials, I place myself with what are called Mainline Churches. I side with those who see the Bible’s prophetic writings as generally addressing the near future, usually with the phrase Thus says the Lord. The relevant biblical books are clearly marked and bear the names of particular prophets.
Works such as the Book of Revelation, which take a longer and larger view of the future. are works of apocalyptic literature that deal in eschatology, or the examination of thinking and pronouncement surrounding the end of things as we know then now. These works take a different path than the works of the prophets.
I have been accused on many occasions by many persons of being in love with big words.
Guilty, guilty, guilty.
The reasons for my adding these biblical terms of criticism to the category of dystopian literature will become apparent in a very short time.