The Hope of Eternal Life
Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue XI
ISBN10: 1932688633 ISBN13: 9781932688634 Contributors: Sklba, Richard J. (Editor) Publisher: Lutheran Univ Pr Published: Aug 1 2011 Pages: 211 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 8.75" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Our churches affirm that death cannot destroy the communion with God of those redeemed and justified. The nature of the life that the justified departed share with God cannot be described in great detail and, in this life, it remains a great mystery. Nevertheless, Catholics and Lutherans share the sure and certain hope that the justified departed are in Christ and enjoy the rest that belongs to those who have run the race. This common statement of Round XI offers fresh insights into some issues that proved contentious in the debates of the sixteenth century. Among the issues explored in this dialogue were continuity in the communion of saints, prayers for or about the dead, the meaning of death, purgation, an interim state between death and the final general judgment, and the promise of resurrection. Agreements are affirmed on the basis of new insights, as readers will discover in this statement of Round XI.