"Two Approaches to Eschatology and Temporality: Alexander Schmemann and Joseph Ratzinger"

This paper explicates Schmemann’s and Ratzinger’s respective understandings of eschatology and how this informs their differing notions of temporality. Eschatology is centred on time for Schmemann, and in light of this he argues that the last things are a western aberration that deride temporality. Whereas, for Ratzinger eschatology fits within Christology and is a relational category. I will argue that Ratzinger’s relational approach, which includes the last things, establishes the importance of temporality, and that, ironically, it is Schmemann’s conception of eschatology that fails in this regard.