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

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


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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The editor wishes to extend his appreciation to Germain Grisez and Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J., for contributing their work to this distinctive collaborative volume and for their helpful suggestions along the way. They were very supportive of providing an anthology that would collect in one volume a range of their works on this important topic. Joseph Prud’homme, the editor of the Washington College Studies in Religion, Politics and Culture series moved the project forward over occasional hurdles and oversaw production details. Thanks to Teresa Abney for doing the copyediting. Jackie Pavlovic and the staff at Peter Lang guided the work into final form. Thank you to everyone involved.

Chapter One first appeared in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, ed. Janet Halfmann (Farmington, MI: Gale, 2002), 132–138. Chapter Two first appeared in Gregorianum 82, 2 (2001), 325–356, and Chapter Three in Gregorianum 83, 4 (2002), 717–754. Chapter Four first appeared in Volume 46 (2001) of the American Journal of Jurisprudence. Chapter Five first appeared in Theological Studies 69 (2008), 38–61. We very much appreciate the permission we received to reprint these essays in this single, convenient volume, featuring a previously unpublished concluding chapter where the authors represent some of their more recent work.← vii | viii →

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