To give a comprehensive overview of the subject from a biblical, historical, Catholic theological, and pastoral perspective.
1. The current state of the Catholic eschatology: exegetical data and theological problems. 2. A Christian vision of death: historical roots of the question, biblical thoughts, ethos of death, the particular judgment. 3. The immortality of the soul: biblical data, Church Magisterium, theological developments. 4. The return of Christ and the Last Judgment: signs of Christ’s return, the risen body, the Final Judgment: biblical data, Church’s teaching, and ecumenical stance. 5. Hell: biblical data, tradition, theological reflections, pastoral dimensions. 6. Purgatory: biblical foundations, catholic tradition, ecumenical stances, pastoral dimensions. 7. Heaven/Paradise: bible, tradition, theological reflection, pastoral dimension. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Have acquired a good knowledge of the Christian everlasting hope in all its aspects; be capable of a biblical and theological view of these truths in order to meditate upon them and propose them in academic, pastoral and liturgical contexts.
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