The Last Things: Resurrection, Judgment, Glory

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InterVarsity Press, 2004 - 336 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
17
The Return of Jesus Christ
33
Light Against Darkness
47
The Day of the Lord
62
The Blessed Hope
75
Renewed Interest in the Millennium
90
IdealistSymbolic Views
104
Moltmanns Millennial Explorations
106
Mystic Communion Between Earth and Heaven
161
Predestined to Glory
174
Openness and Mystery
188
Judaism and Christianity
204
The Meaning of Hell
219
Grace Invincible
232
The Dawning of Hope
243
Beyond Optimism and Pessimism
256

Resurrection as Event and Process
120
The Interim State
133
Purgatory
148
Bibliography of Writings by and About Donald G Bloesch
303
Books and Articles About Donald G Bloesch
320
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