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Eternal God, Eternal Life


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Editor's Introduction Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen, UK Ch. 1: The Order and Movement of Eternity: Karl Barth on the Eternity of God and Creaturely Time Tom Greggs, University of Aberdeen, UK Ch.2: 'You Are Good and Do Good': Some Remarks on Eternal Life and the Goodness of God Christopher J. Holmes, University of Otago, New Zealand Ch.3: The Resonating Body in Triune Eternity Markus Muhling, University of Luneberg, Germany Ch.4: Angels and Immortality Don Wood, University of Aberdeen, UK Ch.5: How New is New Creation? Resurrection and Creation Ex Nihilo Susannah Ticciati, King's College London, UK Ch.6: Toward A Doctrine of Resurrection Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary, USA Ch.7: The Enmity of Death and Judgement Unto Life Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen, UK Ch.8: Eucharist and Immortality: Reformed Reflections on the Eschatological Dimension of the Sacrament Paul Nimmo, University of Aberdeen, UK Ch.9: 'The Incompleteness of the Completed': Eternal God, Eternal Life, and the Eternal Life Russel Re Manning, Bath Spa University, UK Ch.10: Technological Immortalization and Original Mortality: Karl Barth On the Celebration of Finitude Robert Song, University of Durham, UK Index

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Advances Christian theological reflection on the matter of immortality and eternal life in critical conversation with both historic debates and contemporary developments in eschatological doctrine.

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Philip G. Ziegler is Professor of Theology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Born and educated in Canada, he is a graduate of several of the constituent Colleges of the Toronto School of Theology. He has previously held posts at Princeton University, USA and the Atlantic School of Theology, Canada.


The contributions in this book ... offer robust reflections on a theme that has received little attention in recent years ... They represent a valuable and much-needed resource. * Theology *
Theologians in recent times have avoided giving an account of immortality so thank goodness we now have this book. In these fine essays we learn to see why immortality must be Christologically disciplined if we are to avoid needless speculations. Hopefully this book will be widely read and studied. * Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke University, USA *
Immortality is, properly speaking, a perfection of God alone. Yet immortality is also 'brought to life' for creatures through the gospel of God's saving action. What should theology say about the nature of God's own eternal life, and about eternal life as God's gift to creatures? What might it mean for human existence to be defined - here and now - by the Christian hope of fellowship with God beyond our present mortal bounds, and by the prospect of God's ultimate transformation of all things temporal and physical? These essays offer stimulating contributions to such questions. The work of highly perceptive thinkers, they provide an orderly set of studies on some of the essential ways in which eschatology must be shaped by the doctrine of God; the authors also demonstrate how the relationship between these areas of theology ought to be profoundly determinative of Christian ethics and mission. * Ivor Davidson, University of Aberdeen, UK *

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