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The Irresistible Truth of Final Judgment

And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. The Great Assize—I am brought into the courtroom of the Divine Judge. The prosecutor presents a movie of my … Continue reading

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Parousia as Fulfillment of Pentecost

Just as we may speak of the eternal Son emptying himself of his glory in the Incarnation, hiding himself, as it were, in the flesh of the man Jesus, so we may speak of an analogous movement of the Holy … Continue reading

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The Parousia of the Incarnate Son

The return of the Incarnate Christ in glory inaugurates the apocalyptic transfiguration of the universe. This “return” does not imply that our Lord ceased to be present to the world after his exaltation. The words of Jesus stand: I am … Continue reading

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The End is Nigh … Eventually

On this point science and the Bible agree (sort’ve): the history of the present universe will come to conclusion. Whether the universe continues to expand indefinitely, ultimately approaching the temperature of absolute zero (big freeze), or at some point begins … Continue reading

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Eschatology and Orthodoxy

Fr Sergius Bulgakov’s presentation of the Last Things is a masterpiece of dogmatic and mystical theology. Here is no mere reiteration of opinions from the past. Bulgakov is convinced that the Church has only begun to reflect deeply on the … Continue reading

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God-damnation or Self-damnation?

“I am not going to try to prove the doctrine [of hell] tolerable,” writes C. S. Lewis in his book The Problem of Pain. “Let us make no mistake; it is not tolerable. But I think the doctrine can be … Continue reading

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The Dogmatic Status of Apokatastasis

In both The Orthodox Church and his essay “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Fr Sergius Bulgakov men­tions eschatology as a relatively unexplored topic of theology open to dogmatic definition, the implication being that standard Orthodox teaching on eschato­logical matters can only … Continue reading

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