After reflecting on the reluctance of modem theology to engage in eschatological speculation, the author argues that plenty of traditional Catholic beliefs warrant a rich exercise of the eschatological imagination. The life of the blessed dead provides a test case for such speculation, with Jesus' own resurrected life in the Gospels invoked as an interpretive measure for the resurrected life of believers.
Thiel, John E., "For What May We Hope? Thoughts on the Eschatological Imagination" (2006). Religious Studies Faculty Publications. 43.
Thiel, John E. "For What May We Hope? Thoughts on the Eschatological Imagination." Theological Studies 67.3 (2006): 517-541.