A Heart for the Future: Writings on the Christian Hope

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Robert Boak Slocum
Church Publishing, Inc., 2004 - Religion - 308 pages
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Prominent thinkers, writers, and well-known voices in the Episcopal Church come together to present a very broad spectrum of Christian thought and eschatology. Ultimately, what they have in common is the belief that the choice Christians must make is not between the now and the eternal; it is between being forward-looking and being back-ward looking. Unless we look with eagerness and longing toward the future, we will stay stranded in the past. To live the Christian life today, we need a heart for the future.
 

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Contents

A Heart for the Future Reflections on the Christian Hope
1
This Body of Hope
31
Parousia and Christian Hope
48
Beneath the Edge of Thought Inner Eschatology and the Burden of Hope
59
Jesus and Eschatology
72
I See Your Bridal Chamber Adorned An Eastern Orthodox Reflection on the Eschaton in Light of the Pattern of Divine Worship
82
The Eschatological Eucharist
96
The Historic OughttoBe and the Spirit of Hope
109
Sorting Out Some Synoptic Scenes The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Coming of Jesus
183
To Build the New City An Eschatological and Secular Hope
193
An Augustinian Reflection on the Church and Hope
207
Baptismal Living Steadfast Covenant of Hope
220
The Final Reconciliation Reflections on a Social Dimension of the Eschatological Transition
233
The Intolerable Burden of the Past the Pure Figment of the Present and the Surpassing Worth of the Future
268
Heaven as a State of Mind Peter Abelards O quanta qualia
278
Heavenly Hope How the Book of Revelation Sings to My Chronic Pain
287

Where Lies the Path of Hope in Everyday Life?
121
What Shall We Do While Waiting for the End?
151
In Times Like These We Need an Anchor The Quest of a StormTossed Church for a Sure and Certain Hope
172
Contributors
301
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