Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life

Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life


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Is the Christian hope for resurrection still alive or has it become tired? How can we talk about the Resurrection today? Gerhard Lohfink takes up the question of death and resurrection in this new book. He argues against the dazzling array of today's ideas and expectations and seeks his answers in Scripture, the Christian tradition, and human reason. With his characteristically gentle but clear language, he reveals the power of Christian resurrection, showing it is not about events that lie in the distant future but rather occurrences incomprehensively close to us. They were long since begun and they will embrace us fully in our own death..

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814684511
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 355,428
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Gerhard Lohfink was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen. Since 1986, he has lived and worked as a theologian for the Catholic Integrated Community. His many books include No Irrelevant Jesus, Jesus of NazarethDoes God Need the Church?, and Is This All There Is?,all from Liturgical Press.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 What People Think 1

1 The Question of Questions 3

2 Between Skepticism and Belief in the Soul 10

3 Survival in Our Descendants? 19

4 Continual Reincarnation? 27

5 Dissolution into the Universe? 37

6 The Longing for Extinction 48

Part 2 What Israel Learned 57

1 Faith Seeking Understanding 59

2 Radical Worldliness 64

3 Dissociation from Faith in the Hereafter 69

4 Security in God 75

5 Faith in Resurrection Begins to Sprout 81

6 Israel's Enduring Discovery 87

Part 3 What Entered the World in Jesus

1 Jesus' Preaching 97

2 Jesus' Deeds of Power 104

3 Jesus' Powerlessness 108

4 Jesus' Resurrection 113

5 The Firstborn from the Dead 119

6 New Creation 124

Part 4 What Will Happen to Us 129

1 The Ultimate Encounter with God 133

2 Death as Judgment 144

3 Judgment as Mercy 154

4 Purification in Death 160

5 And What about Hell? 166

6 The Whole Person 172

7 The Whole History of the World 178

8 The Whole Creation 184

9 The City of Dreams 194

10 On the Relativity of Time 203

11 On the Endurance of the Soul 213

12 On Participation 219

Part 5 What We Can Do 231

1 Genuine Care for Our Dead 233

2 Christian Dying 240

3 When Does Eternity Begin? 248

Acknowledgments 259

Works Consulted 261

Notes 272

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