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Ascension Theology

ISBN: 9780567144058

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Ascension Theology places the doctrine of the ascension in the context of the biblical narrative of descent and ascent, in order to shed light on 'the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' and on the eucharistic community that hears and answers that call. It is a book for the Church as well as the academy.

Additionally, Ascension Theology also offers a contemporary account of the Eucharist itself. It addresses the relation of the heavenly session of Christ to the conflicting currents of the present age, and the transformation to the life of the world to come. Specialist and non-specialist alike will find much to ponder in its traditional yet controversial claims.

Key Features

  • Thoughtful account of Christ's descent and ascent in the context of the biblical narrative
  • Proposes a new account of the theology of the Eucharist in the context of Christ's ascent to Heaven
  • Includes a liturgically valuable collection of prayers for ascension


  • The Upward Call
  • Re-imaginings
  • Raising the Stakes
  • A Question of Identity
  • Presence in Absence
  • The Politics of the Eucharist
  • Ascension and Atonement

Praise for the Print Edition

How does the risen and ascended Christ exercise his life-giving lordship? Farrow's answer, developed out of a rich biblical and patristic background, provides strikingly fresh and accessible insights into ecclesiology, sacramental theology, Mariology, and the ongoing Christian engagement with modern culture. The theological passion is infectious.

—R.R. Reno, professor of theology, Creighton University and Senior Editor, First Things

The Trinity, the Eucharist, politics, cosmic order, all look different from the vantage point he takes up in this beautifully written book...Expressed with a clarity that comes from years of careful thinking through the issues involved, Ascension Theology is an absolutely first-rate addition to the body of Catholic systematics.

—Aidan Nichols, O.P., Blackfriars, Cambridge, UK

In this bracing and engaging book, Farrow shows why it is important for Christians to grapple with the Ascension as the natural outcome of the story of Jesus and the pattern of hope for those who are "in Christ"... The study nicely bridges the gap between the ancient faith tradition and political thought today.

—Edith M. Humphrey, Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, USA

Product Details

Douglas Farrow (PhD, King’s College London) is professor of theology and Christian thought at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is also the project director for Pluralism, Religion, and Public Policy at McGill. He previously taught at King’s College London and has lectured widely in North America and Europe. Farrow is the author of several books, including Ascension and Ecclesia, Ascension Theology, and Desiring a Better Country: Forays in Political Theology.

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