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Heaven, the Nature of Salvation, and Purgatory

Jerry L. Walls

in Heaven

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195113020
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195113020.003.0003
 Heaven, the Nature of Salvation, and Purgatory

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The first part of the chapter discusses the debate on how to get to heaven, and whether salvation is by moral transformation and good works, or by faith alone. The answer to this question obviously has implications for our view of what heaven is like – in other words, there is a natural connection between heaven and the nature of salvation. This connection is explored, and then arguments are put forward to show that true Christian faith is morally and spiritually transforming, focusing on the atonement, and the claim that Jesus is the Son of God incarnate, both of which are discussed in some detail. The last part of the chapter discusses the doctrine of purgatory.

Keywords: atonement; Christianity; faith; heaven; Jesus; moral transformation; purgatory; salvation; Son of God; spiritual transformation

Chapter.  15641 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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