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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

[This article has been significantly revised and republished under the title “Dogma, Damnation, and the Eucatastrophe of the Jesus Story.”] In both The Orthodox Church and his essay “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Fr Sergius Bulgakov men­tions eschatology as a relatively … Continue reading

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St Maximus the Confessor, Hell, and the Final Consummation

by Pastor Thomas Belt “God has put all things under his [Christ’s] feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under him,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him. When all … Continue reading

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Jerry Walls: Repenting of Hell

Western Christians have long believed that the fate of the individual soul is sealed at death. Roman Catholics point to 2nd millennium dogmatic statements that assert, or at least imply, the irreversibility of the particular judgment (see the Catholic Encyclopedia). … Continue reading

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Jerry Walls: Heaven and the New Jerusalem

“The Alpha who created us for happiness,” states Jerry Walls, “is the Omega who is the fountain of happiness. This is the foundational truth that holds out the delicious prospect that the human story is destined for a glorious end that … Continue reading

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Jerry Walls: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Few contemporary philosophers have thought as deeply, nor written as clearly, about the Last Things as Jerry Walls. In 1992 he published his doctoral dissertation Hell: The Logic of Damnation. Ten years later he published Heaven: The Logic of Eternal … Continue reading

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