I have been listening to some lectures and talks of N.T. Wright who is the Anglican Bishop of Durham, specifically his commentary on eschatology. The meat of one particular discussions was of Bishop Wright talking about the error that a lot of Christians make when thinking about heaven and Christ’s Return.
Bishop Wright points out how a lot of Christians in the Evangelical circles are literally waiting for God to destroy the earth, bring about the end of time and usher in a heaven in which Christians will reside forever as disembodied immortal spirits. I am summing up hours worth of discussions into one sentence so I apologize if I am misrepresenting mainline evangelical views on Christian eschatology, but N.T. Wright clearly points out some of the mistakes that a lot of Christians are making when anticipating the Second Coming of Christ and in some instances totally forgetting the Resurrection of the body.
My question follows, what is the Catholic position or should I say expectation of the second coming of Christ, specifically the resurrection of the body and what that means in Catholic terms. From what I know so far the Catholic Church teaches that when we die we have our private judgment before God and at the end of time we will be resurrected and we will have a second judgment which is public, before God and everyone else. Are Christians alone to be resurrected and their judgment confirmed or are all to be resurrected and judged again? Or will those who are judged to hell or purgatory will remain disembodied as spirits or souls and then later be resurrected after their term in Purgatory?
If anyone could answers those questions in particular as well as comment on the Catholic view of the end times as well as that of the Evangelicals of the “Left Behind” line and that of N.T. Wright himself.
I would greatly appreciate it!