Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life

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Death and Eternal Life
AuthorJoseph Ratzinger
Original titleEschatologie, Tod und ewiges Leben
LanguageGerman, English[1]
SubjectChristian eschatology
PublisherCatholic University of America Press
Publication date
1977, 1988[1]
LC ClassBT821.2 .R3713 1988

Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life (German: Eschatologie, Tod und ewiges Leben) is a book written by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), originally published in German in 1977 and subsequently translated into English in 1988.[1] The book is the study of the "eschaton", the end times in accordance with the Christian doctrine, such as the parousia, heaven, and hell. Among the issues addressed in it is the concept of purgatory, which he argues may be existential—not temporal—in duration.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ratzinger, Joseph (1988) [1977]. Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life (2nd ed.). Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 9780813216447.
  2. ^ Sippo, Arthur C. (December 2008). "Death & Eternal Life According to Ratzinger". New Oxford Review. Archived from the original on August 12, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2012.