The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

Paperback | April 12, 2010

byJerry L. Walls

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Eschatology is the branch of theology that deals with the final consummation of all things. Covering such subject matter as death, judgment, and the life to come, the discipline of eschatology must grapple with some of our greatest hopes, fears, anxieties and expectations. The issues involvedare uniquely complicated because they are both intensely personal and of universal significance. To ponder the "last things" is to consider not only the final fate of all things, but to question daringly how one's individual journey through life relates to God's grander scheme. Over the course ofhistory, many prominent thinkers have elevated eschatology into one of the most fascinating and controversial dimensions of religious belief. The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology provides an invaluable critical survey of this diverse body of thought and practice from a variety of perspectives:biblical, historical, theological, philosophical, and cultural.Through centuries of Christian thought - from the early Church fathers through the Middle Ages and the Reformation - eschatological issues were of the utmost importance. In other religions, too, similar concerns were central to the shaping of the beliefs, practices, and identities of believers.After the Enlightenment, though, many religious thinkers began to downplay the importance of eschatology which, in light of rationalism, came to be seen as something of an embarrassment. The twentieth century, however, saw the rise of several phenomena that restored eschatology to the forefront ofreligious thought.From the rapid expansion of fundamentalist forms of Christianity, with their focus on the end times; to the proliferation of apocalyptic new religious movements; to the recent (and very public) debates about suicide, euthanasia, martyrdom, and paradise in Islam, interest in eschatology is once againdramatically on the rise. This expansive handbook offers thirty-nine chapters exploring the diverse terrain of eschatology's past, present, and future-providing informative insights on heaven, hell, and everything in between. This volume will prove to be the primary resource for students, scholars,and others interested in questions of our ultimate existence.

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Eschatology is the branch of theology that deals with the final consummation of all things. Covering such subject matter as death, judgment, and the life to come, the discipline of eschatology must grapple with some of our greatest hopes, fears, anxieties and expectations. The issues involvedare uniquely complicated because they are bo...

Jerry Walls is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:744 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.68 inPublished:April 12, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jerry L. Walls: IntroductionPart I. Historical Eschatologya. Biblical and Patristic Eschatology1. Bill T. Arnold: Old Testament Eschatology and the Rise of Apocolyptic2. John Collins: Apocalyptic Eschatology in the Ancient World3. Chris Rowla: The Eschatology of the New Testament Church4. Benedict Viviano: Eschatology and the Quest for the Historical Jesus5. Brian daley: Eschatology in the Early Church Fathersb. Eschatology in World Religions6. David Novak: Jewish Eschatology7. William Chittick: Muslim Eschatology8. Jan Nattier: Buddhist Eschatology9. David Knipe: Hindu Eschatology10. Christopher Partridge: Eschatology in Modern Religious MovementsPart II. Eschatology in Distinct Christian Traditions and Theological Movements11. Peter Phan: Roman Catholic Theology12. Andrew Louth: Eastern Orthodox Theology13. Gerhard Sauter: Protestant Theology14. Robert Clouse: Fundamentalist Theology15. Frank Macchia: Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology16. David Ray Griffin: Process Theology17. Vitor Westhelle: Liberation Theology18. Rosemary Ruether: Feminist TheologyPart III. Issues in Eschatologya. Theological Issues19. Douglas Farrow: Church, Ecumenism and Eschatology20. Timothy Weber: Millenialism21. Stephen Davis: Eschatology and Resurrection22. Jerry L. Walls: Heaven23. Jon Kvanvig: Hell24. Paul Griffiths: Purgatory25. Thomas Talbot: Universalism26. Clark Pinnock: Annihilationism27. David Hart: Death, Final Judgment and the Meaning of Lifeb. Philosophical and Cultural Issues28. Wolfhart Pannenberg: Modernity, History and Eschatology29. Stephen Weber: Eschatology and Politics30. Mike Peterson: Eschatology and Theodicy31. Charles Taliaferro: Human Nature, Personal Identity and Eschatology32. Max Stackhouse: Ethics and Eschatology33. Robert Russell: Cosmology and Eschatology34. William Abraham: Eschatology and Epistemology35. William Lane Craig: Time, Eternity and Eschatology36. Carol Zaleski: Near Death Experiences37. Heidi Hornik: Eschatology in Fine Art38. Robert Jewett and John Lawrence: Eschatology in Pop CultureConclusion39. Richard Bauckham: Emerging Issues in Eschatology in the 21st Century