The Last Things: Resurrection, Judgment, Glory

The Last Things: Resurrection, Judgment, Glory

by Donald G. Bloesch


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In The Last Things Donald G. Bloesch takes up difficult and sometimes controversial themes such as the coming of the kingdom of God, the return of Jesus Christ, the life hereafter, the millennial hope, the final judgment, hell, heaven, purgatory and paradise.
Wrestling with biblical texts that often take metaphorical form, Bloesch avoids rationalistic reductionism as well as timid agnosticism. While he acknowledges mystery and even paradox, Bloesch finds biblical revelation much more than sufficient to illuminate the central truths of a Christian hope articulated throughout the history of the church.
The Last Things is not just a review of past Christian eschatology but a fresh articulation of the grace and glory of God yet to be consummated. The triumph of the grace of Jesus Christ and the dawning of hope beckon us to reach out in the power of the Spirit to receive that blessed future and the promise to renew the life of the church universal today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830827572
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 12/02/2005
Series: Christian Foundations
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has written numerous books, including Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

Table of Contents




1. Introduction

Troeltsch's Typology

Alternate Pathways

Toward a Renewed Church

2. Controversial Themes in Eschatology

The Coming of the Kingdom

The Return of Jesus Christ

The Life Hereafter

The Invisible Communion

Humanity's Final Destiny

The Mission to Israel

3. Light Against Darkness

The Angelic Rebellion

The Victory of Jesus Christ

The Banishment of the Evil Powers

An Excursion on Angelology

4. The Day of the Lord

Christ's Visitation to His Church

The Encounter with Christ at Death

The Last Judgment

The Advance of the Kingdom

Signs of His Coming

The Blessed Hope

Appendix A: The Olivet Discourse

5. The Millennial Hope

Renewed Interest in the Millennium





Idealist-Symbolic Views

Moltmann's Millennial Explorations

Toward a New Understanding of the Millennium

6. The Resurrection of the Dead

The Resurrection of Jesus

Resurrection as Event and Process

The Crisis of Death

The Final Resurrection

7. The Interim State

The Worlds Beyond


the Nether World of Spirits


8. The Communion of Saints

Witness of Sacred Tradition

Testimony of Hymns

Mystic Communion Between Earth and Heaven

What This Communion Involves

The Saints in the Work of Redemption

9. Predestined to Glory

The Unfolding of Predestination

Universalism and Particularism

A Theology of Paradox

Openness and Mystery

Appendix B: Theology's Emancipation from Rationalism

10. Israel's Salvation: The Supercessionist Controversy

The Mystery of Israel's Election and Rejection

Judaism and Christianity

Missions to the Jews?

11. The Triumph of Grace

The Last Judgment

The Meaning of Hell

The Glory of Heaven

Grace Invincible


12. The Dawning of Hope

The Ground and Goal of Hope

Self-Transcending Hope

The Certainty of Hope

Relative and Ultimate Hopes

Providence Versus Fate

Faith Versus Cynicism

Beyond Optimism and Pessimism

Faith, Hope and Love



Bibliography of Writings by and about Donald G. Bloesch

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Articles and Book Reviews

Books and Articles about Donald G. Bloesch

Translations of Works by Donald G. Bloesch

Index of Names

Index of Subjects

Index of Scripture

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