First published in English in 1988, Joseph Ratzinger's ""Eschatology"" remains internationally recognized as a leading text on the ""last things"" - heaven and hell, purgatory and judgment, death and the immortality of the soul. This highly anticipated second edition includes a new preface by Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI and a supplement to the bibliography by theologian Peter A. Casarella. ""Eschatology"" presents a balanced perspective of the doctrine at the center of Christian belief - the Church's faith in eternal life. Recognizing the task of contemporary eschatology as ""to marry perspectives, so that person and community, present and future, are seen in their unity,"" Joseph Ratzinger brings together recent emphasis on the theology of hope for the future with more traditional elements of the doctrine. His book has proven to be as timeless as it is timely.
Contents; Preface to the German Original; Preface to the English Edition; A Note on the Current Volume; I. Introduction: The State of the Question; Part One. The Eschatological Problem as a Question About the Very Essence of Christianity; II. The Exegetical Data; III. Word and Reality in Contemporary Appreciation; Part Two. Death and Immortality. The Individual Dimension of Eschatology; IV. The Theology of Death; V. The Immortality of the Soul and the Resurrection of the Dead; Part Three. The Future Life; VI. The Resurrection of the Dead and the Return of Christ; VII. Hell, Purgatory, Heaven; Appendix I. Between Death and Resurrection; Appendix II. Afterword to the English Edition.