Theological interest in the future of this present earth has gathered considerable momentum. Some believe the earth as we now know it will be utterly obliterated. Others insist it will be spectacularly renewed. All agree that a new heavens and a new earth will come. This book explores whether this present earth will be replaced or renewed to make way for that final eschatological reality. How ought we to understand the biblical language of destruction to come? Three key biblical passages are considered in depth: 2 Peter 3:10-14, Romans 8:18-23 and Revelation 21:1-5. The eschatological significance of this question is framed within what is known as the 'continuity and discontinuity' debate.Critical consideration is given to the manner in which this replacement or renewal question has been applied to issues ranging from recycling to mission and suggestions made towards a more even-handed response. This book provides a thorough hermeneutical study of this increasingly significant issue and will benefit those seeking a solid footing in an area too often marked by sensationalism and distortion.