"This is a deeply felt, intelligent book that dares to argue for a 'thick' description of the eschatological future. Read it and understand the power of premodern doctrinal symbols such as purgatory and Last Judgment to unlock new meaning whenÂ probed with a postmodern imagination. Forgiveness is the key. Thiel serves up the spirit and practice of forgiveness in compelling ways as central to resurrected life here and hereafter. In its movement from the grand to the most subtle nuances of hope, this is a most important theological work." âElizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University
"This book is a theological rarity in recent theology: a wonderfully imaginative, well and clearly argued, âthick eschatologyâ about such âlast thingsâ as judgment day, the communion of saints, the Beatific Vision, and particular judgment. Grounded in what Thiel calls a ânoncompetitive spirituality,â these reflections on a âPauline sensibility in its Catholic styleâ make an important and stimulating ecumenical conversation partner."Â âDavid Kelsey, Luther A. Weigle Professor Emeritus of Theology, Yale University
"Icons of Hope is a bold foray into imagining the âlast things.â 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." âCyril O'Regan, The Catherine F. Huisking Chair in Theology, University of Notre Dame
About: In Icons of Hope: The "Last Things" in Catholic Imagination, John Thiel, one of the most influential Catholic theologians today, argues that modern theologians have been unduly reticent in their writing about "last things": death, judgment, heaven, and hell.
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