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„Teologia paruzyjna” jako przełom w eschatologii chrześcijańskiej
“Parousian Theology” as a Breakthrough in Christian Eschatology

Author(s): Łukasz Pondel
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion
Published by: Gdańskie Seminarium Duchowne, Kuria Metropolitalna Gdańska
Keywords: adventus; eon; hic et nunc; parousia; praesentia

Summary/Abstract: Scholarship does not like rapid changes. The current proposal thus fits into the modeling understanding of theological treatises in an integrated manner. The aim is not to initiate a Copernican revolution, but to attempt an integrated look at eschatology with the help of “parousian theology” (sic!). The proposed focus, after a more detailed development, may lead to a breakthrough in eschatology. The methodology rightly “suggests” that, as in every theological field, the first steps should be towards the foundation of Christian faith, that is, the Word of God. Following this, we should look at the current ways of understanding eschatology, looking for integrating connections. It will be shown that “parousian theology”, by its very definition, allows a bridge to be built between the present and the future, bringing out two paths to light, and at the same time two senses in which such theology may be practised: an eschatological and a Christological sense. For these two paths to combine, it is necessary to examine these senses in “parousian theology” (praesentia and adventus, as two Greek definitions of παρουσία). It is many years since Marie-Joseph Lagrange tried to connect these paths, dividing the eschatic times into two eons. The Lagrange concept allows “parousian theology” to build a bridge between the present and the future and vice versa. Will the idea of “parousian theology” become a Copernican breakthrough in eschatology?

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 44
  • Page Range: 49-63
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish