Theocentric Eschatology

I have just read a superb book on Purgatory and ecumenism. I was particularly struck by the following quotation from Augustine:

God is "the Last Thing of the creature. Gained, He is its paradise; lost, He is its hell; as demanding, He is its judgment; as cleansing, He is its purgatory.

Brett Salkeld, Can Catholics and Evangelicals Agree about Purgatory and the Last Judgment? Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2011, p. 74 (original source ref not provided).

Comments

Tor Hershman said…
The 100% fact of The Bible
IS
"Without Serpent/Satan The Bible would end on Page 2 with something as this...
"And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed and they lived happily ever after
THE END."
Strider said…
The quotation is actually from von Balthasar, "Eschatology," *Theology Today( (1964), ed. Feiner, pp. 224ff' ; quoted in Zachary Hayes, *Visions of a Future*, p. 113. Hayes says it is a paraphrase of Augustine.

Unfortunately Hayes does not give us the text from Augustine. I wonder if Balthasar might have been thinking of this text from the City of God:

"There we shall rest and we shall see: we shall see and we shall love; we shall love and we shall praise. Behold what shall be in the end and shall not end." --Augustine (City of God XXII.30).
Robin Parry said…
Strider

That is very helpful. Thanks for the info.

Robin
Robin Parry said…
Tor

Thanks for commenting but I am confused as to how your comment relates to the post. Or was it simply something you wanted to post online somewhere?

Robin

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