What is our destiny? The final end of humanity and the universe is a subject of perennial interest, especially for Christians. What are we promised? Will anyone finally be left out of God's intentions to bless humanity? What sort of transformation will be needed to enter the presence of God? These questions have been at the heart of Christian teachings about last things. The 2013 Pro Ecclesia Conference of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology focused such issues on the theme ""Heaven, Hell . . . and Purgatory?"" The six essays in this volume cover a range of topics of interest to Catholic, Evangelical, and Orthodox theology. ""'What will happen to me when I die?' Stated thus baldly, the question sounds naive; but a theologian who has nothing to say to it is no theologian. Happily, the contributors to this volume are able to address it well in light of Scripture, reason, and church teaching. A wonderful, ecumenically informed resource for pastors, catechists, and just about anyone concerned with the topic of human destiny."" --Joseph L. Mangina, Professor of Theology, Wycliffe College Michael Root is Professor of Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America and Executive Director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. He was formerly the Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France. James J. Buckley is Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. He has contributed to and edited (with Frederick Bauerschmidt and Trent Pomplun) The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism (2007). He is associate director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology.
Michael Root, Ph.D., is a battery electrochemist with more than 20 years of battery research and development experience. He has contributed to the development of battery technologies for diverse applications, such as implantable medical devices and consumer electronics.