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Contents Acknowledgments Abbreviations Preface 1. Introduction Troeltsch's Typology Alternate Pathways Toward a Renewed Church 2. Controversial Themes in Eschatology The Coming of the Kingdom The Return of Jesus Christ The Life Hereafter The Invisible Communion Humanity's Final Destiny The Mission to Israel 3. Light Against Darkness The Angelic Rebellion The Victory of Jesus Christ The Banishment of the Evil Powers An Excursus on Angelology 4. The Day of the Lord Christ's Visitation to his Church The Encounter with Christ at Death The Advance of the Kingdom Signs of His Coming Appendix A: The Olivet Discourse 5. The Millennial Hope Renewed Interest in the Millennium Premillennialism Dispensationalism Amillennialism Postmillennialism Idealist-Symbolic Views Moltmann's Millennial Explorations Toward a New Understanding of the Millennium 6. The Resurrection of the Dead The Resurrection of Jesus Resurrection as Event and Process The Crisis of Death The Final Resurrection 7. The Interim State The Worlds Beyond Paradise The Nether World of Spirits Purgatory 8. The Communion of Saints Witness of Sacred Tradition Testimony of Hymns Mystic Communion Between Earth and Heaven What This Communion Involves The Saints in the Work of Redemption 9. Predestined to Glory The Unfolding of Predestination Universalism and Particularism A Theology of Paradox Openness and Mystery Appendix B: Theology's Emancipation from Rationalism The Current Debate 10. Israel's Salvation The Supersessionist Controversy The Mystery of Israel's Election and Rejection Judaism and Christianity Missions to the Jews? 11. The Triumph of Grace The Last Judgment The Meaning of Hell The Glory of Heaven Grace Invincible Epilogue 12. The Dawning of Hope The Ground and Goal of Hope Self-Transcending Hope The Certainty of Hope Relative and Ultimate Hopes Providence Versus Fate Faith Versus Cynicism Beyond Optimism and Pessimism Faith, Hope and Love Afterword Notes Index of Names Index of Subjects Index of Scripture A Bibliography of Writings by and about Donald G. Bloesch Books: Author, Coauthor or Editor Books: Contributor Articles and Book Reviews Books and Articles about Donald G. Bloesch
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Eschatology