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

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

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Edited By 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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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 volume is Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J., a professor and noted moral theologian. These two eminent scholars explore fundamental questions of Christian eschatology, moral theory, the purpose of human life, and the promise of human fulfilment. Grisez and Ryan examine Christian teaching on destiny, 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 days. 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.

“This welcome volume brings together writings by Germain Grisez and Peter Ryan on the ultimate question: Into what kind of relationship with Him does God finally call us? To illuminate this most profound of questions, the full resources of reason must critically be brought to bear on the data of faith. Students of philosophy and theology, and especially those who are interested in the relationship between these scholarly disciplines, will be instructed both by the content of what Grisez and Ryan say and the example they set of rigorous and creative thinking.”

—Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

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