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).


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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).
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