Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life On April 19, , CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER was elected POPE BENEDICT XVI and became the th. Joseph Ratzinger. Eschatology. Death and Eternal Life. Translated by Michael Waldstein. Translation edited by Aidan Nichols, O.P.. The Catholic University of. Joseph Ratzinger, Eschatology Death and Eternal Life. Tr. Michael Waldstein, ( Cath.U.A. Press, ). Part Three. The Future Life: Chapter 7 – Hell, Purgatory.

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Eschatology : Death and Eternal Life

Parts of this are so dense I can’t say I came even close to understanding them. Ratzinger meticulously outlines theological views throughout Christian, Jewish and pagan timelines before he comes to a point of synthesis. These are tough to cut through, but they lead to high points such as “The Theology of Death” and “Heaven. Ratzinger’ Parts of this anv so dense I can’t say I came even close to understanding them. Ratzinger’s vivid Christology informs absolutely every theological idea he eachatology forth.

May 25, Jacob Torbeck rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ratzinger’s text on eschatology is likely still one of the better volumes eschaology the subject, and one of his best works, in my opinion. In this book, he traces the development of the concept of afterlife from pre-Christian Judaism and Hellenism through history to now, discussing the validity of our own popular notions of the soul, heaven, hell, and resurrection.

This book is still cited eternla contemporary Catholic theologians, and is worth reading on its own merits. Jan 14, Sam Fink rated it liked it. Very deep and a difficult read for those not well grounded in the subject.

Extensively based on prior German authors on the subject. Oct 06, Michael Ortiz rated it it was amazing. Not for the faint of heart; some tough sledding, but the effort is worth the view. May 24, Peter rated it it was josep. This little book, written by Joseph Ratzinger for his seminary students at Regensburg, lives up to the promise of its foreword: I began rather boldly with a set of theses which were then still uncommon but are now almost universally accepted in Catholic circles: However, the more I dealt with the questions and immersed myself in the sources, the more the josfph I had set up This little book, written by Joseph Ratzinger for his seminary students at Regensburg, lives up to the promise of its foreword: However, the more I dealt with the questions and immersed myself ratzingeer the sources, the more the antitheses I had set up fell to pieces in my hands and in their place I saw the inner logic of the Church’s tradition stand forth.


In particular, this book focuses on the nature of the human soul, and what the resurrection and eternal life, as well as the Second Coming of Christ, mean in the context of Christian belief. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in theology. Jan 01, Thomas rated it really liked it. Ratzinger’s textbook on the last things is very strong on the debates swirling around the nature of the soul, the body-soul relationship, and the temporal aspects of eschatology.

Purgatory is adequately treated and heaven inspires some of that fine Ratzingerian theological poetry, but hell is handled briefly and not in much depth.

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He seems to want to just eternql it out if the way. That said, it’s a good treatment of the subject, but probably not the introduction novice should turn to. Nov 01, Simonne added it Shelves: A definite text book type of reading, wanted the author to get to the point eschhatology many comparison work between certain tatzinger to come up with answers that weren’t really answered or maybe I just didn’t understand, it is a book of a real knowledgeable person in eschatology, next time I will look for eschatology for dummies, I may understand it better.

However, not to knock off this book, it is real informative for those that are actually studying the topic not a book to get quick answers. Jun 12, Bernadette rated it it was amazing. Definitely a dense read, but I hope to understand more when I re-read it someday.

Apr 25, Tyler rated it it was amazing. This book is so good. Please read if you have any confusion about the Church’s view of Eschatology. Jun 08, Stephen Gregg rated it it was amazing. Jul 13, Daniel Carr rated it it was amazing.

His book about Eschatology is no exception. He does not discuss immediately the most common questions of heaven, hell, and eschattology. This is a book of theology, not of catechesis, so he does not dwell on explaining why we Catholics believe dternal we believe.

Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life

But the book goes more into theological discussions among Catholic and non-Catholic theologians which I never even knew existed. I found that the current difficulties with eschatology are etrnal simple matter. How do we reconcile a personal judgment with a final judgment?

What happens to us until the day when Jesus comes in glory?

When our soul is separated from the body, can we really enjoy being with God fully? How do we reconcile the ancient Jewish and Pauline notion of resurrection from the dead with the Greek notion of immortality of the soul? Ratzinger phenomenally lays out all of the different perspectives and explains the difficulties at hand. His language is a bit difficult, but after having read several things by him and after three years of theology study I am able to understand him far more clearly than many other theologians of the last years.

I learned a great deal and gained more insight into these problems and questions. I highly recommend this for anyone who is ready for a serious reader about eschatology and wants to probe the depths of the unknown things to come.


Dec 22, Ray LaManna rated it liked it. This is the first book in my long-term investigation of issues related to eschatology, or life after death. Since I’m getting older I feel it’s an important topic to explore. Pope Benedict’s book is a highly technical and theological exploration-if you don’t have an advanced degree in theology or Scripture it might be very difficult to read. However, it does provide some very important insights derived over the past years of Judeo-Christian history.

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He was elected on 19 April in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 Apriland took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May On 11 FebruaryPope Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a “lack of strength of mind and body” due to his advanced age.

His resignation became effective on 28 February As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He is expected to move into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement.

He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at various German universities he formally remains a professor at the University of Regensburghe was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in Inhe settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important offices of the Roman Curia.

At the time of his election as Pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such the primus inter pares among the cardinals.