The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

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Eschatology is the study of the last things: death, judgment, the afterlife, and the end of the world. Through centuries of Christian thoughtfrom the early Church fathers through the Middle Ages and the Reformationthese issues were of the utmost importance. In other religions, too, eschatological concerns were central. 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 ...
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Overview


Eschatology is the study of the last things: death, judgment, the afterlife, and the end of the world. Through centuries of Christian thoughtfrom the early Church fathers through the Middle Ages and the Reformationthese issues were of the utmost importance. In other religions, too, eschatological concerns were central. 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 phenomena that placed eschatology back at the forefront of religious 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, martyrdom, and paradise in Islam, interest in eschatology is once again on the rise. In addition to its popular resurgence, in recent years some of the worlds most important theologians have returned eschatology to its former position of prominence. The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology will provide an important critical survey of this diverse body of thought and practice from a variety of perspectives: biblical, historical, theological, philosophical, and cultural. This volume will be the primary resource for students, scholars, and others interested in questions of our ultimate existence.
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"The book is comprehensive and thorough. It serves as both a useful reference work and as an opportunity to engage, in a deepy way, with an idea that has long played such a significant role in the various religious traditions and in the lives of the faithful...it will be richly rewarding and consistently useful."--Journal of Ecumenical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199735884
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Asbury Theological Seminary

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Jerry L. Walls I. Historical Eschatology a. Biblical and Patristic Eschatology Chapter 1 Old Testament Eschatology and the Rise of Apocolyptic Bill T. Arnold 1
Chapter 2 Apocalyptic Eschatology in the Ancient World John Collins 33
Chapter 3 The Eschatology of the New Testament Church Chris Rowland 57
Chapter 4 Eschatology and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Benedict Viviano 84
Chapter 5 Eschatology in the Early Church Fathers Brian Daley 119
b. Eschatology in World Religions Chapter 6 Jewish Eschatology David Novak 154
Chapter 7 Muslim Eschatology William Chittick 190
Chapter 8 Buddhist Eschatology Jan Nattier 222
Chapter 9 Hindu Eschatology David Knipe 251
Chapter 10 Eschatology in Modern Religious Movements Christopher Partridge 286
II. Eschatology in Distinct Christian Traditions and Theological Movements Chapter 11 Roman Catholic Theology Peter Phan 324
Chapter 12 Eastern Orthodox Theology Andrew Louth 354
Chapter 13 Protestant Theology Gerhard Sauter 379
Chapter 14 Fundamentalist Theology Robert Clouse 404
Chapter 15 Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology Frank Macchia 438
Chapter 16 Process Theology David Ray Griffin 467
Chapter 17 Liberation Theology Vitor Westhelle 499
Chapter 18 Feminist Theology Rosemary Ruether 529
III. Issues in Eschatology a. Theological Issues Chapter 19 Church, Ecumenism and Eschatology Douglas Farrow 549
Chapter 20 Millenialism Timothy Weber 578
Chapter 21 Eschatology and Resurrection Stephen Davis 610
Chapter 22 Heaven Jerry L. Walls 635
Chapter 23 Hell Jon Kvanvig 660
Chapter 24 Purgatory Paul Griffiths 686
Chapter 25 Universalism Thomas Talbot 723
Chapter 26 Annihilationism Clark Pinnock 749
Chapter 27 Death, Final Judgment and the Meaning of Life David Hart 774
b. Philosophical and Cultural Issues Chapter 28Modernity, History and Eschatology Wolfhart Pannenberg 799
Chapter 29 Eschatology and Politics Stephen Webb 810
Chapter 30 Eschatology and Theodicy Mike Peterson 841
Chapter 31 Human Nature, Personal Identity and Eschatology Charles Taliaferro 868
Chapter 32 Ethics and Eschatology Max Stackhouse 891
Chapter 33 Cosmology and Eschatology Robert Russell 916
Chapter 34 Eschatology and Epistemology William Abraham 951
Chapter 35 Time, Eternity and Eschatology William Lane Craig 977
Chapter 36 Near Death Experiences Carol Zaleski 1009
Chapter 37 Eschatology in Fine Art Heidi Hornik 1035
Chapter 38 Eschatology in Pop Culture Robert Jewett & John Lawrence 1068
Conclusion Chapter 39 Emerging Issues in Eschatology in the 21st Century Richard Bauckham 1095

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