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Moral Good, the Beatific Vision, and God’s Kingdom

Writings by Germain Grisez and Peter Ryan, S.J.


Peter J. Weigel

For close to half a century, the work of Germain Grisez has been highly influential, and his writings continue to receive considerable attention from philosophers and theologians of diverse viewpoints. His co-author for this work is the professor and noted moral theologian Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J., currently the executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). These two eminent scholars explore fundamental questions about Christian eschatology, moral theory, the purpose of human life, and the promise of human fulfilment. The authors examine Christian teaching on the final destiny of persons, investigating the meaning of God’s kingdom, the hope of the beatific vision, and the centrality of moral goodness and divine grace in one’s final end. This work is an ideal source for students, scholars, ministers and lay persons interested in basic questions of Christian theology, the philosophy of religion, ethical theory, and Catholic doctrine.
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Grisez, Germain Gabriel.Moral good, the beatific vision, and God’s kingdom: writings /by Germain Grisez and Peter Ryan, S.J.; edited by Peter J. Weigel.pages cm. — (Washington college studies in religion, politics, and culture; v. 6)Includes bibliographical references.1. Future life—Catholic Church. 2. Eschatology. 3. Beatific vision.4. Kingdom of God. 5. Christian ethics—Catholic authors.6. Catholic Church—Doctrines. I. Ryan, Peter F., joint author.II. Weigel, Peter J., editor. III. Title.BT903.G75 230’.2—dc23 2014033109ISBN 978-1-4331-2811-0 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1448-9 (e-book)ISSN 2151-7010

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