Review Of "Christ Our Hope: An Introduction To Eschatology" by P. O'Callaghan

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Christ Our Hope provides a concise yet inclusive survey of the major topics of eschatology--the return of Christ in glory at the end of time, the resurrection of the dead, the judgment of humanity, and the renewal of the cosmos. Although focused on the Catholic theological and magisterial tradition, this book should have broad appeal because of its thorough exposition of the sources of eschatological thinking--Scripture, and ancient and medieval figures like Irenaeus of Lyons, Origen, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas. O'Callaghan (Pontifical Univ. of the Holy Cross) gives attention to the major councils like Trent and Vatican II and the influential writings of modern figures like Han Urs von Balthasar, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. The discussion of purgatory is of special interest to Catholics, and the nature of the resurrected body is an issue of contemporary concern. O'Callaghan is the author of The Christological Assimilation of the Apocalypse (2004), among other books and numerous articles. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.


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