Rising Light begins with the Christian hope of a promised expectation of a bodily resurrection. It is rooted in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Biblical foundation of the Old and New Testaments. It carries through to the Tradition of the Catholic/Christian church beginning with the Apostles and the church Fathers and then weaves through key Doctors of the church such as St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. It includes the institutional grounding of the Christian faith found in the church creeds, The Catholic Catechism, and Papal encyclicals, letters and exhortations.as well as the theology of prominent modern theologians such as Karl Rahner, SJ and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ. This book will demonstrate how unlike the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ which are historical realities, the resurrection is something not only historical, but also transhistorical, in that it encompasses and affects all of history from its beginning to its end. The concluding chapters of Rising Light focus on how the risen Christ for us has now become greater than even Christianity itself as a world religion, as the risen Christ is now the Universal Christ. The book ends with how the theology of Karl Rahner (Theological Anthropology) can show us that theology of the resurrection is not only rooted in the supernatural and transcendent divine, but also in the very nature of the human person in something as universal to all mankind as our sense of humor.
Michael Hickey has held corporate executive positions for a Fortune 500 company and directorships for two 501 C-3 charitable non-profits. He has had five books previously published; Holy Silence, Themes from the Gospel of John, Get Goodness, Get Real, Get to the End, and Catholic Social Teaching and Distributism.
Chapter 1: H.O.P.E.: Horizon of Promised Expectation
Chapter 2: The Foundation of Our Christian Faith
Chapter 3: The Early Christian Community and Resurrection History
Chapter 4: Is the Resurrection Strictly an Historical Event?
Chapter 5: The Empty Tomb Stories
Chapter 6: The Post-Resurrection Appearance Stories
Chapter 7: The Ascension
Chapter 8: The Assumption
Chapter 9: Resurrection of the Body: From the Old Testament to St Augustine
Chapter 10: Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas: And Resurrection of the Body
Chapter 11: Karl Rahner’s Theology: And Resurrection of the Body
Chapter 12: Signs in the Natural World: Dying and Rising
Chapter 13: Symbols in Mythology: Dying and Rising
Chapter 14: The Shroud of Turin
Chapter 15: The Catholic Catechism: Dying and Rising
Chapter 16: Selected Papal Encyclicals, Letters, and Apostolic Exhortations: Dying and Rising
Chapter 17: The Risen Christ is the Universal Christ
Chapter 18: Humor: A Signal of Transcendence, A Sign of Resurrection
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