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The Idea of a Christian Eschatology

Edited by Nicholas J. Healy

in The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278367
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278369.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Idea of a Christian Eschatology

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Chapter One stages the question of the dissertation by setting forth three basic problems inherent in Christian eschatology: (1) If the decisive event has already occurred in the death and Resurrection of Christ, what remains of the future end of the world? (2) How is it possible for a creature to truly participate in the divine life while remaining irreducibly distinct from God? (3) What is the nature of the universality of the Son’s saving mission? Does the Son truly “return” to the Father with the whole of creation? A survey of Balthasar’s writings in the area suggests that eschatology is concerned with the life of the Trinity, as revealed by Jesus Christ, and as the origin and final destiny of the whole created cosmos.

Keywords: eschatology; Trinity; universal salvation

Chapter.  7767 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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