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Christ our hope : an introduction to eschatology by Paul O'Callaghan

By Paul O'Callaghan

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Christ Our Hope is a masterful mirrored image on Christian eschatology, in a textbook of twelve available chapters. Paul O'Callaghan considers the go back of Christ in glory on the finish of time, ultimate resurrection, the renewal of the cosmos, and basic judgment. an intensive bankruptcy explores everlasting existence, perpetual communion with God in heaven, in addition to perpetual condemnation, the potential of endlessly wasting what God has promised to those that are devoted to him. The guideline of the paintings is the theological advantage of wish, according to Benedict XVI's 2007 encyclical, Spe Salvi. The e-book additionally considers the impression of desire at the earthly lifetime of the believer, and particularly the method of the purification of desire via loss of life and purgatory.

O'Callaghan highlights major advancements of twentieth-century eschatology. First, the ecumenical problem, quite often deriving from Protestant and jap theology, and founded on what's known as "intermediate eschatology." And moment, an knowledge of the presence of eschatology on the very center of Christian theology as an entire: Christology, ecclesiology and sacraments, anthropology, ethics, and spirituality.

a number of fascinating beneficial properties tell the paintings. The dialogue of every subject is rooted in Scripture. the writer makes use of New testomony eschatology to re-work previous testomony apocalyptic fabric in mild of Christ. He additionally considers the significant parts of eschatological achievement in mild of the doctrine of the Trinity, and particularly of the Holy Spirit. Christ Our Hope contains broad references to the Fathers of the Church and to the heritage of theology. particularly vital is the author's attempt to notify the dialogue with a latest specialise in the individual, considering either human aspirations and the findings of assorted sciences.

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Paul O'Callaghan is professor of Christian anthropology on the Pontifical collage of the Holy pass, Rome, and fellow of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. he's the writer of The Christological Assimilation of the Apocalypse in addition to different books and diverse articles in six languages which were released worldwide.


"A concise but inclusive survey of the main issues of eschatology―the go back of Christ in glory on the finish of time, the resurrection of the lifeless, the judgment of humanity, and the renewal of the cosmos. . . . The dialogue of purgatory is of distinct curiosity to Catholics, and the character of the resurrected physique is a controversy of up to date problem. hugely recommended."―Choice

"As a quick creation to the eschatology of the Bible, this ebook has no equivalent. O'Callaghan offers cognizance not just to the exegesis of the biblical texts, but in addition to the certainty of those texts within the Fathers of the Church, and to the dialogue of those matters in either historic and modern writers. the result's an incredibly wealthy theological banquet that informs and edifies."―Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of recent testomony, Fuller Theological Seminary

"With such a lot of advancements and discussions within the box of eschatology, it really is previous time for a brand new guide. As an lively player in these discussions, O'Callaghan is the suitable writer for one of these ebook. rigorously researched, basically written, and profoundly synthesized, this ebook bargains many beneficial insights over a wide diversity of themes for students and scholars alike."―Scott Hahn, Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation, St. Vincent Seminary

"Christ Our Hope offers a complete and concise evaluate of the main problems with eschatology. it really is within the most sensible culture of 'handbooks' offering the reader with sensible and well-structured

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32). According to Gregory of Nyssa the soul must be considered immortal because since God predestined man to share in all spiritual goods, he must give him a nature corresponding to that goal. Eternity is one of these goods; therefore man must be immortal (Orat. , 5). , 44). For Augustine, the soul knows what is eternal and immutable, and because of its intimate relationship with truth, it cannot perish (De immort. animae; Soliloquia II, 2–4). The soul is better than the body, Augustine continues, because it gives life to it; besides, it is independent of the body and eternal, although God creates it and keeps it in being (Ep.

See pp. 7–11. 140.  Milton, Paradise Lost, I, 262. 141. This theme is further developed on pp. 274–75. Christian Eschatology 33 with the Trinity—but he does so freely and magnanimously, for “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). However, this requires a deep conversion of heart on the part of the believer, an unreserved and unconditional trust in God (Mt 18:3), to the point of being prepared to “leave all things” and follow Christ (Mt 19:27), even to the point of death. That is to say, openness to the divine gift of eternal life involves taking a risk, the risk of sacrificing one’s life, the risk of losing everything, the risk of faith in God.

Cullmann, Immortalité de l’âme ou résurrection des morts? (Neuchâtel: Delachaux et Niestlé, 1957). See chapter 10. 75. The question is developed in greater detail in chapter 11. 77 If the souls of humans are naturally immortal, believers might feel tempted to complacently present themselves before their Creator with an immortality “of their own,” thus repudiating both their created status and divine sovereignty. This would be completely out of keeping with the Gospel of Christ centered on the divine saving power of grace.

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