The early part of this book is concerned with what it is in human existence that is addressed by the message of hope in the Scriptures. The final four chapters present that divine promise for human destiny and the understanding of it as it is reflected on in contemporary theology. Although directed mainly to advanced students of theology, this book discusses issues which are of interest to many believers today whose knowledge about matters of religion has not kept pace with their knowledge of the secular disciplines.
Zachary Hayes, OFM, PhD, (1932-2014) was a professor of systematic theology at Catholic Theological Union. He taught and wrote extensively on matters related to the theological understanding of creation and the relation between theology and science. He was on the staff of the Chicago Center for Religion and Science. He was the author of Visions of a Future: A Study of Christian Eschatology from the New Theology Studies series published by The Liturgical Press.