The Christian Hope

Paperback | October 30, 2010

byBrian Hebblethwaite

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What does it mean to hope for heaven?Brian Hebblethwaite traces the background to the Christian hope in the faith of Israel, examines its primary basis in the acts of God in the story of Jesus Christ, and follows the history of Christian attitudes to the future of humanity and of creation throughout the Christian centuries. TheChristian Hope tells the complex story of the different strands, emphases and problems that have developed between biblical times and our own in the quest to understand 'the four last things' - death, judgement, heaven and hell. Hebblethwaite concentrates our attention on the modern period since 1900, an era when modern Christian theology has witnessed a remarkable recovery of interest in hope and the future as dominant motifs in its reflections. The discoveries of modern science have affected Christian hope and Christianunderstanding of creation and its ultimate destiny. At different stages in the history of the church, very different stresses have been laid on the present or on the future, on hope for the individual or on hope for society, on this-worldly hope or on other-worldly hope. Through a study of the basisof Christian hope and of the history of its interpretation, Hebblethwaite aims to present a balanced view of these different elements in the Christian tradition and a credible eschatology for today.

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What does it mean to hope for heaven?Brian Hebblethwaite traces the background to the Christian hope in the faith of Israel, examines its primary basis in the acts of God in the story of Jesus Christ, and follows the history of Christian attitudes to the future of humanity and of creation throughout the Christian centuries. TheChristia...

Brian Hebblethwaite, born in 1939, was educated at Clifton College, Bristol before going up to Magdalen College, Oxford to read Literae Humaniores. He went on to read Theology at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and to train for the Anglican priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. He also spent two semesters at the University of Heidelb...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.07 inPublished:October 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199589461

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PrefaceI: The Hope of Israel and the First Christians1. The Old Testament Background2. The New TestamentII: The Classical Christian Hope3. The Early Church4. The Middle Ages5. The ReformationIII: The Christian Hope in the Modern Age6. The Enlightenment7. The Nineteenth Century8. The Twentieth Century I: The Reaction Against Liberal Theology9. The Twentieth Century II: Roman Catholic Theology10. The Twentieth Century III: Later Protestant Theology11. A Christian Eschatology for the Twenty-First Century