ON HUMAN FINITUDE AND ETERNAL LIFE

Ernst M Conradie

Abstract


There is an emerging consensus in contemporary theology that human finitude
should be affirmed and that attempts to overcome the limitations of mortality,
transience and finite human knowledge and power should be resisted. Nevertheless,
the Christian tradition has maintained its hope for eternal life in the presence of
God. The question which this essay therefore addresses is which aspects of human
finitude (if any) will be overcome if the hope for eternal life is affirmed. Section two
provides a brief overview of theological debates on human finitude. Section three
then offers a brief introduction to theological discourse on time and eternity. In
section four the contributions to theological reflection on eternity from German
theologians such as Karl Barth, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jürgen Moltmann and Eberhard
Jüngel are discussed. This discussion on eschatological assessment of human
finitude remains inconclusive though. The question that requires further attention is:
In what ways will human finitude be affirmed and in what ways (if any) will human
finitude be transcended in and through eternal life.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/88-0-992

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