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Recognizing the task of contemporary eschatology as ""to marry perspectives, so that person and community, present and future, are seen in their unity,"" Joseph Ratzinger brings together recent emphasis on the theology of hope for the future with more traditional elements of the doctrine. His book has proven to be as timeless as it is timely. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add both to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon US.
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Read this book. This book is not a dictionary, so its readable. You won't be disappointed. Note: Any references to Pope Benedict XVI as Joseph Ratzinger in this review are not meant to slight him, but only to refer to him in his ecclesial context when he wrote this book.
Now on to the review: In "Eschatology While the text is an erudite, theological and mildly philosophical discussion of eschatology, it should not be viewed as being overwhelming for the reader. Anyone who has a true interest in the full foundation of Catholicism's stand on humanity's final destiny should read this. A great strength of the treatise is its reflection upon modern theological thoughts with respect to Catholic Tradition.
While many readers may not know of the thinkers of the last two centuries by name, we all live in the world which has been effected by their thoughts. Ratzinger and Auer show where some of these thinkers have departed from the Christian notion of the end of time.
This is not performed in a polemic fashion. Instead, each subject is shown in light of its Old Testament roots, through the New Testament, and into continuous Church Tradition. In doing this, the authors help to refine the philosophical and theological thoughts of the readers.
They show the pitfalls inherent in various modes of thinking, allowing the reader to see the Truth more clearly. Perhaps the greatest strength, however, is not its theological erudition in the pure sense. It is the fact that the text is soaked with the realization of Christianity as a religion of community.
It emphasizes that we find our end in a Person, namely Christ and how this relates to all that we do in life. For any one who is interested in the Catholic response to questions on the final destiny of mankind, I truly suggest this text. No matter how difficult it may seem, stick with it and reread when necessary.
You will find that it is time well spent. This wonderful theology book by Pope Benedict XVI is slow going for the general Catholic, but is full of amazing insights. It has an academic's approach, but it is worth the effort for the truly committed person interested in deep religious thinking. He takes his time making his points. In , in the last year of Joseph Ratzinger's formal academic career, the original version of this text was published in German. Contemporary scholarship still cites this work, which deals with the evolution of the classic Christian concept of the soul from its roots in ancient Greek and Hebrew religious and philosophical thought.
If for nothing else, this text would be of great interest to anyone researching historical eschatological perspectives in the Judeo-Christian tradition, but the value of this work extends beyond a mere historical survey into a valuable theological treatise on one of the most nebulous areas of speculative theology, that of death and the afterlife. This text is an academic work - it is not an easily accessible work of pastoral theology as one might expect if they know Ratzinger's work from his time in the Vatican as head of the CDF and later as Pope Benedict XVI.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend it for scholars of western religion and Christian theology, regardless of their personal faith commitment. I am on my second reading of Eschatology by Joseph Ratzinger and the strongest reason to buy this book is the superb grasp the author has of the historical interpretation of "last things" by theologians of all varieties, some with whom he engages more than others. Particularly the legacy of interpretation by Albert Schweitzer and Rudolf Bultmann.
I believe he is fair to at least liberal Protestantism from Germany. However, in chiding Bultmanns use of demytholization and existentialist philosophy of a progressive interpretation of eschatology, his misses in my opinion criticizing the reinterpretation by New Testament authors of the Jewish Scriptures.
Ancient Israel definitely did not have a belief in resurrection even though at the time of Jesus it was true that Jewish apocalypticism was widespread.
However, just as Bultmann could not know better what Jesus meant that the community of his followers, so the New Testament authors could not know better the meaning of the Nevi'im better than the prophets themselves. Go to Amazon. Back to top.
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Originality Published in English in , Joseph Ratzinger's Eschatology remains internationally recognized as a leading text on the "last things"--heaven and hell, purgatory and judgment, death and the immortality of the soul. Eschatology presents a balanced perspective of the doctrine at the center of Christian belief--the Church's faith in eternal life. Recognizing the task of contemporary eschatology as "to marry perspectives, so that person and community, present and future, are seen in their unity," Joseph Ratzinger brings together recent emphasis on the theology of hope for the future with the more traditional elements of the doctrine. His book has proven to be as timeless as it is timely. What would you like to know about this product?
Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life, Edition 0002
Beginning in he spent over 20 years as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a role often depicted as the "defender of the faith. Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in and in along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In he was released from the Flak and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion. In the spring of Ratzinger deserted the army and headed home but when the Americans arrived at his village shortly thereafter, he was identified as a German soldier and incarcerated in a POW camp for a brief time.
Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life
On Eschatology Peter F. Ryan S. Why such a change in theological perspective? The particular character of this new focus on eschatology cannot [End Page ] be accounted for only by the new exegetical methods employed by Scripture scholars.
Originally published in English in , Joseph Ratzinger's Eschatology remains internationally recognized as a leading text on the "last things"--heaven and hell, purgatory and judgment, death and the immortality of the soul. Eschatology presents a balanced perspective of the doctrine at the center of Christian belief--the Church's faith in eternal life. Recognizing the task of contemporary eschatology as "to marry perspectives, so that person and community, present and future, are seen in their unity," Joseph Ratzinger brings together recent emphasis on the theology of hope for the future with the more traditional elements of the doctrine. His book has proven to be as timeless as it is timely.