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Introduction

Geoffrey Rowell

in Hell and the Victorians

Published in print May 1974 | ISBN: 9780198266389
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266389.003.0001
Introduction

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Heaven, hell, death, and judgment are the traditional Four Last Things of Christian theology, but it would be true to say that twentieth-century theologians have been embarrassed at saying much about any of them. In this, they stand in sharp contrast to the majority of nineteenth-century divines, who not only wrote at length on Christian eschatology, but regarded it as a central part of Christian teaching. A common theme of Evangelical eschatology was the discussion of the details of the future life. No discussion of nineteenth-century ideas concerning the future life would be complete without a mention of the Spiritualist movement, even though this had little direct influence on the doctrine of more orthodox religious thinkers. Perhaps the most important change in eschatology was the more personal understanding of Christianity which was characteristic of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Christian eschatology; Christianity; judgment; heaven; hell; death; theology; nineteenth century; Spiritualist movement

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