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Eschatology for a Modern World

Morwenna Ludlow

in Universal Salvation

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270225
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600661 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270224.003.0006

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 Eschatology for a Modern World

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This chapter deals specifically with those elements of Karl Rahner's theology that have a direct impact on his eschatology. It surveys Rahner's views on the requirements for doctrine about the last things, which is meaningful in the modern context and which avoids errors such as individualism, demythologization, and secular utopianism (e.g. Marxism). His ‘hermeneutics of eschatological assertions’ stresses the paradox of hope: that although the future remains mystery, one can already proclaim the victory of Christ. One must therefore hope, but never predict, that Christ's victory will save all people. The chapter concludes by analysing Rahner's (closely connected) theologies of death and of history, which reveal a highly teleological concept of human nature and the world.

Keywords: death; demythologization; eschatology; future; hermeneutics; history; hope; Marxism; teleological; utopianism

Chapter.  15531 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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