Icons of Hope: The ""Last Things"" in Catholic Imagination (Paperback)John E. Thiel (author)
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Icons of Hope presents an interpretation of heavenly life, the Last Judgment, and the communion of the saints that is shaped by a view of the activity of the blessed dead consistent with Christian belief in the resurrection of the body, namely, the view that the blessed dead in heaven continue to be eschatologically engaged in the redemptive task of forgiveness. Thiel offers a revision of the traditional Catholic imaginary regarding judgment and life after death that highlights the virtuous actions of all the saints in their heavenly response to the vision of God. These constructive efforts are fostered by Thiel's conclusions on the disappearance of the concept of purgatory in large segments of contemporary Catholic belief, a disappearance attributable to the emergence of a noncompetitive spirituality in postconciliar Catholicism, which has eclipsed the kinds of religious sensibilities that made belief in purgatory a practice in earlier centuries. This noncompetitive spirituality-one that recovers traditional Pauline sensibilities on the gratuitousness of grace-encourages an eschatological imaginary of mutual, ongoing forgiveness in the communion of the saints in this life and in the life to come.
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"This book is a theological rarity in recent theology: a wonderfully imaginative, well and clearly argued, 'thick eschatology' about such 'last things' as judgment day, the communion of saints, the Beatific Vision, and particular judgment. Grounded in what Thiel calls a 'noncompetitive spirituality, ' these reflections on a 'Pauline sensibility in its Catholic style' make an important and stimulating ecumenical conversation partner." --David Kelsey, Luther A. Weigle Professor Emeritus of Theology, Yale University
"Icons of Hope is a bold foray into imagining the 'last things.' At once innovative and probative, this latest text from John Thiel argues on pastoral grounds the necessity for imagination to represent the unrepresentable other side of death. Not to imagine is to make an entire swathe of beliefs merely notional and thus effectively put them out of circulation. Among its many contributions, Icons of Hope helps breathe new life into an old topic, and its reimagining of the heavenly life of the blessed dead makes an indelible contribution." --Cyril O'Regan, The Catherine F. Huisking Chair in Theology, University of Notre Dame
"The theological community owes Thiel a debt of gratitude for bringing eschatology back into our consciousness. His 'thick' description of the afterlife will surely provoke a lively discussion. I recommend it to graduate seminars in eschatology and contemporary Catholic theology." --catholicbooksreview.org
"Icons of Hope, John Thiel's creative effort to explore Christian belief in eternal life, is clearly the work of a major theological thinker. . . . While highly speculative, Thiel's vision is both imaginative and deeply Catholic. His fascinating analysis of Catholic and Protestant artistic representations of the Last Judgment--by artists like Federico Zuccari, Giotto di Bondone, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Lucas Cranach the Younger and Albrecht Durer--enriches his narrative." --America
"[Thiel's] theological writing has always combined poise and a sense of urgency, and this intricately argued treatise on eternal life is no exception. . . . Thiel's book . . . raises questions about the role of the imagination in theology, and especially in eschatology. His emphasis throughout is on 'imagining' the last things. But he ends up proposing ways to 'think' or 'speak' about these things as often as he proposes ways to imagine them. . . . [O]ne can only be grateful to Thiel for a book that stirs us from our dogmatic slumbers about the world to come." --Commonweal
"[Thiel] suggests that the key lies in the theology of forgiveness and that forgiveness is directly related to sanctity, especially to that sanctity to which Vatican II says all are called. He has thus struck theological and spiritual gold: this history of salvation is the history of God's forgiveness of his people." --Cistercian Studies
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