Living into Death, Dying into Life: A Christian Theology of Life Eternal

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Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
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Living into Death, Dying into Life: A Christian Theology of Life Eternal

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
(2 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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As a Christian, how do you approach the mysteries of death and the afterlife? What language and images can help you speak about the Last Things?

In 12 lectures, you will probe De Novissimis, the “Last Things.” Unlike the study of science, the study of the Last Things, or eschatology, eludes empirical examination. Although modern medicine gives us insights into dying as a physiological process, death (and what happens after death) remains beyond our powers of perception.

Restrained and provocative, this course approaches that dilemma: when scientific proof is lacking, what can we “know”? How can eschatology help you grasp the realities of death and the afterlife, and how can it help you discuss these realities today?

Acknowledging that you cannot know the Last Things with certainty, Dr. Phan does not rely on baseless speculation to give you equivocal answers. Instead, he ta

Audio Sample:

As a Christian, how do you approach the mysteries of death and the afterlife? What language and images can help you speak about the Last Things?

In 12 lectures, you will probe De Novissimis, the “Last Things.” Unlike the study of science, the study of the Last Things, or eschatology, eludes empirical examination. Although modern medicine gives us insights into dying as a physiological process, death (and what happens after death) remains beyond our powers of perception.

Restrained and provocative, this course approaches that dilemma: when scientific proof is lacking, what can we “know”? How can eschatology help you grasp the realities of death and the afterlife, and how can it help you discuss these realities today?

Acknowledging that you cannot know the Last Things with certainty, Dr. Phan does not rely on baseless speculation to give you equivocal answers. Instead, he takes a “this-wordly” approach, spelling out the practical implications of the Last Things for your daily life on Earth.

In this series, you will gain an appreciation for the imaginative language of eschatology—its use of vocabulary and metaphors that arouse human hope about the future. As you examine eschatological methods, you will also acquire the language necessary to speak about the Last Things. Recognizing the religious pluralism of contemporary society, Dr. Phan also seizes the opportunity to mine the wisdom of non-Christian beliefs and practices.

As you move through these inspiring and thought-provoking lectures, you will tackle the most fundamental questions about life, death, and the world to come. As Dr. Phan reminds us, God is not a puzzle to be solved—he is the absolute mystery.

*An erudite scholar who was educated throughout the world and is fluent in several languages, Dr. Phan speaks with a multinational accent.

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Professor Peter C. Phan, S.T.D., Ph.D., D.D. is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought and the founding Director of the Graduate Studies Program in Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. He has three doctorates: the Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Universitas Pontificia Salesiana in Rome, and the Doctor of Philosophy and the Doctor of Divinity from the University of London. Professor Phan began his teaching career at Don Bosco College in Hong Kong, and he has taught at the University of Dallas, the Catholic University of America, Union Theological Seminary, Elms College, and St. Norbert College. He was the President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and in 2010 he was awarded its John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor given for outstanding achievements in theology.
Professor Peter C. Phan has published many books, edited some 20 volumes, and published over 300 essays on wide-ranging theological topics. He is the general editor of the multi-volume series Theology in Global Perspective for Orbis Books and Ethnic American Pastoral Spirituality for Paulist Press. His writings have been translated into multiple languages and have received many awards from learned societies.
Praise for Peter Phan
“With a sure grasp of church tradition and sensitivity to new questions, Peter Phan’s work on a theology of the afterlife is lucid, engaging, and enlightening. One can always learn something more from his explanations.” – Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University
“Few scholars are better qualified to address questions of death and eternal life as Peter Phan. Though a scholar of broad interests, eschatology has been a central concern since early in his work. With a critical appreciation of the tradition, he… always brings in the best in contemporary theology.” – Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., T. Marie Chilton of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University
“Professor Peter Phan is one of our very best Catholic theologians, whose insights and reflections on the Christian hope in resurrected life have inspired a generation of believers. He is a wonderful guide on a tour of these powerful and moving Catholic beliefs!” – John E. Thiel, Professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University

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  • Death and Dying: End or Beginning?
  • The Afterlife: Immortality of the Soul or Eternal Life?
  • The Reign of God as the Goal of History
  • From Death to Resurrection: What Happens in the Meantime?
  • Heaven: A Fantastical Shangri-La?
  • Eternal Hell: A Contradiction to God’s Love?
  • Resurrection of the Dead: Resuscitation or Transformed Life?
  • Jesus’ Return in Glory: When and How?
  • The Eucharist: A Foretaste of Eternal Life?
  • The Virtue of Hope: Wishful Thinking?
  • The Kingdom of God: A New Heaven and a New Earth?

2 reviews for Living into Death, Dying into Life: A Christian Theology of Life Eternal

  1. Michael

    Clear and accessible for the non-theologian.

    Professor Phan’s presentation on the Christian perspective on life and life after death is most engaging because it is an successful in being both reasonable and faithful. I have learned much from these lectures and will listen to them again because not all their wisdom can be absorbed at one sitting. Professor Phan’s reflections on the Eucharist alone; on the matter of Christ’s ‘Real Presence and His ‘Real Absence’, is inspirational. I completely recommend these lectures to anyone interested in the questions of eternal life and the ‘parousia’ of our Lord. Great work Nowyouknow! and thank you.

  2. David S., Nova Scotia Canada

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    Appreciated it because it’s a topic we hardly ever seriously think about and it led me to give thought about all the myths we have built up over the years about this reality of our life.

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