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The Last Things (#07 in Christian Foundations Series)

The Last Things (#07 in Christian Foundations Series)

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In The Last Things Donald G. Bloesch takes up difficult and sometimes controversial themes such as the coming of the kingdom of God, the return of Jesus Christ, the life hereafter, the millennial hope, the final judgment, hell, heaven, purgatory and paradise.

Wrestling with biblical texts that often take metaphorical form, Bloesch avoids rationalistic reductionism as well as timid agnosticism. While he acknowledges mystery and even paradox, Bloesch finds biblical revelation much more than sufficient to illuminate the central truths of a Christian hope articulated throughout the history of the church.

The Last Things is not just a review of past Christian eschatology but a fresh articulation of the grace and glory of God yet to be consummated. The triumph of the grace of Jesus Christ and the dawning of hope beckon us to reach out in the power of the Spirit to receive that blessed future and the promise to renew the life of the church universal today.

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In The Last Things Donald G. Bloesch takes up difficult and sometimes controversial themes such as the coming of the kingdom of God, the return of Jesus Christ, the life hereafter, the millennial hope, the final judgment, hell, heaven, purgatory and paradise.

Wrestling with biblical texts that often take metaphorical form, Bloesch avoids rationalistic reductionism as well as timid agnosticism. While he acknowledges mystery and even paradox, Bloesch finds biblical revelation much more than sufficient to illuminate the central truths of a Christian hope articulated throughout the history of the church.

The Last Things is not just a review of past Christian eschatology but a fresh articulation of the grace and glory of God yet to be consummated. The triumph of the grace of Jesus Christ and the dawning of hope beckon us to reach out in the power of the Spirit to receive that blessed future and the promise to renew the life of the church universal today.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Donald G Bloesch

Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has done postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tubingen and Basel and has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Christian Foundations Series, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
  • Troeltsch's Typology
  • Alternate Pathways
  • Toward A Renewed Church
  • 2. Controversial Themes In Eschatology
  • The Coming Of The Kingdom
  • The Return Of Jesus Christ
  • The Life Hereafter
  • The Invisible Communion
  • Humanity's Final Destiny
  • The Mission To Israel
  • 3. Light Against Darkness
  • The Angelic Rebellion
  • The Victory Of Jesus Christ
  • The Banishment Of The Evil Powers
  • An Excursion On Angelology
  • 4. The Day Of The Lord
  • Christ's Visitation To His Church
  • The Encounter With Christ At Death
  • The Last Judgment
  • The Advance Of The Kingdom
  • Signs Of His Coming
  • The Blessed Hope
  • Appendix A: The Olivet Discourse
  • 5. The Millennial Hope
  • Renewed Interest In The Millennium
  • Premillennialism
  • Dispensationalism
  • Amillenialism
  • Postmillennialism
  • Idealist-symbolic Views
  • Moltmann's Millennial Explorations
  • Toward A New Understanding Of The Millennium
  • 6. The Resurrection Of The Dead
  • The Resurrection Of Jesus
  • Resurrection As Event And Process
  • The Crisis Of Death
  • The Final Resurrection
  • 7. The Interim State
  • The Worlds Beyond
  • Paradise
  • The Nether World Of Spirits
  • Purgatory
  • 8. The Communion Of Saints
  • Witness Of Sacred Tradition
  • Testimony Of Hymns
  • Mystic Communion Between Earth And Heaven
  • What This Communion Involves
  • The Saints In The Work Of Redemption
  • 9. Predestined To Glory
  • The Unfolding Of Predestination
  • Universalism And Particularism
  • A Theology Of Paradox
  • Openness And Mystery
  • Appendix B: Theology's Emancipation From Rationalism
  • 10. Israel's Salvation: The Supercessionist Controversy
  • The Mystery Of Israel's Election And Rejection
  • Judaism And Christianity
  • Missions To The Jews?
  • 11. The Triumph Of Grace
  • The Last Judgment
  • The Meaning Of Hell
  • The Glory Of Heaven
  • Grace Invincible
  • Epilogue
  • 12. The Dawning Of Hope
  • The Ground And Goal Of Hope
  • Self-transcending Hope
  • The Certainty Of Hope
  • Relative And Ultimate Hopes
  • Providence Versus Fate
  • Faith Versus Cynicism
  • Beyond Optimism And Pessimism
  • Faith, Hope And Love
  • Afterword
  • Notes
  • bibliography Of Writings By And About Donald G. Bloesch
  • Books: Author, Coauthor Or Editor
  • Books: Contributor
  • Articles And Book Reviews
  • Books And Articles About Donald G. Bloesch
  • Translations Of Works By Donald G. Bloesch
  • Index Of Names
  • Index Of Subjects
  • Index Of Scripture
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