Hart's greatest achievement is his depiction of a type of Christianity that celebrates not only the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity but also the world's infinite horizon of intelligibility opened up by God's promise of recapitulation and recreation of all meanings in the eschaton
It is not so much a long line stretched out in time as the gathering of time itself into God's eternity, the irruption into this present age of the eschaton
, or age to come.
He also ultimately rejects the evolutionary theology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin because of, among other things, Teilhard's notion that God uses "evolutionary centration" to bring about a convergence upon a glorious, God-centered eschaton
, rather than the biblical means of "the mighty redeeming act of God inaugurated in the Cross of Christ.
268), virtues like faith, hope, and love do point toward the eschaton
Benzoni's struggles somewhat in his attempt to make Whitehead's account of redemption--understood as God's savoring, everlastingly, what fragmentary value we do achieve--compatible with the traditional Christian belief in the eschaton
In fact, Maximus explicitly states in De ambigua 41 (PG 91: 1309B) that it is possible that humanity will not exist as male and female in the eschaton
since, precisely because of its provisional and contingent nature, there is no need for this distinction to exist permanently.
Written in a non-aesthetic mode, Hal Lindsey's The Late Great Planet Earth, (19) and his more recent, The Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad, (20) correlate biblical references with world events, to create a sequence of scenarios that will usher in the Eschaton
of Jesus Christ.
As in better-known writings, he makes some epigrammatic affirmations: "Belief in eschatology without belief in a literal eschaton
is like belief in religion without belief in God" (p.
To sum up today's readings, then: so much gospel, and (in view of the immanent eschaton
or apocalypse, as may be, to say nothing of the increasingly common ten-minute sermon) so little time.
Accordingly, I think these traits should be embodied in eschatological suffering as well: The complete and comprehensive suffering in the eschaton
should be more communal, more intelligible, and more emotionally effective than previous sufferings.
Yet it mostly managed to preserve the communal and eschatological character of worship and the vision of the eucharist as the ultimate sacrament of the church--the founding sacrament of the Christian community, in which the whole praying community is given a part to play in the transfiguration of the world and of history, through this foretaste of the eschaton
and anticipation of God's eschatological kingdom.
Fourth is a belief that the eschaton
is imminent (if not immanent).