I imagine that the details of the afterlife were disputed as have all points of doctrine. Was the matter settled into dogma at a particular Council? I'd like to find out the details of who championed which views and with what arguments.

  • Could you add some supporting citations that this is the Catholic position? – bradimus Oct 16 '17 at 20:15
  • @bradimus Actually, that is an assumption on my part since it seems to be a given. If it is not I'd like to know that too. Feel free to edit the question if you have any insight into where they actually stand on the matter. Thanks. – Ruminator Oct 16 '17 at 20:22
  • I'm not sure I can offer much insight, but l suspect this may be one area where 'popular' Catholicism diverges from the official teaching. – bradimus Oct 16 '17 at 20:45
  • 1
    Why do you think there would be any doubt about what "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36) means? – Geremia Oct 18 '17 at 0:49
  • 1
    Is there a dogma that says X might be a better way to ask this, with "which council established this" embedded in the end of the question. – KorvinStarmast Oct 18 '17 at 17:56

It appears that a belief in a new creation which would have some earthly aspect to it has never been abandoned, though this is not well-known. See The Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) on the New Advent website under "Eschatology," the last paragraph:

There is mention also of the physical universe sharing in the general consummation (2 Peter 3:13; Romans 8:19 sqq.; Revelation 21:1 sqq.). The present heaven and earth will be destroyed, and a new heaven and earth take their place.

| improve this answer | |
  • Can you demonstrate the dogmatic nature of these beliefs (i.e. their origin)? The Catholic Encyclopedia is not a source of dogma in itself. – Sola Gratia Oct 19 '17 at 12:02
  • See Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section II, Chap. 3, Art. 12 VI, "Hope of the New Heaven and New Earth." – Pilgrim Oct 19 '17 at 12:51
  • 1
    Thanks. CC 2042-2043 cites Lumen Gentium (par. 48) (from Vatican II). You may wish to include this as something of a more "dogmatic" nature. – Sola Gratia Oct 19 '17 at 13:37
  • It may be a teaching of the church, but I am not sure it is fair to call it a dogma. This may take me a few days to collect some further points to share with you, but dogma is a subset of the larger body of things that are teachings of the church. – KorvinStarmast Oct 19 '17 at 21:11

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.