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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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Sketch of a Projected Book About the Kingdom of God

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GERMAIN GRISEZ & PETER F. RYAN, S.J.

In the projected book, we intend to offer an integral theological vision of God’s coming kingdom, including what it will be and how hope for it should shape Christian life. Our view of course includes propositions that the Church already accepts as truths of faith. But it also includes propositions that, we think, she will eventually—perhaps in a few centuries—accept as truths of faith or, if our vision is unsound, reject as contrary to faith.

We shall try to show in the book that our vision is a hypothesis that accounts for the relevant data, including Scripture passages and infallibly proposed truths of faith, better than alternative theologies have accounted for them. In making that case, we shall do several things: show that well regarded exegesis supports our interpretation of scriptural texts; explain the relations between the propositions already accepted as truths of faith and those we are introducing; and deal with very widely accepted theological positions inconsistent with our view.

In this sketch, we do none of those things. Here we only articulate our vision; we do not even fully explain it. The Scripture texts and other theological sources we quote or cite are meant to help clarify our view, not make the case for it. Many of the novel propositions we introduce plainly are arguable and require clarification and support. While we do not qualify each of them as we assert...

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