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The Historical Development of Christian Eschatology

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/9780198266389.003.0002
The Historical Development of Christian Eschatology

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The pattern of the nineteenth-century debates about eschatology was not determined by critical attacks on the doctrines of everlasting punishment and the immortality of the soul alone; it also reflected the particular tensions inherent in the accepted eschatology of Western Christendom. Any account of the development of eschatology in the nineteenth century must be prefaced by a brief survey of the history of Christian eschatology in order that these tensions may be fully understood. For Christianity, the tension between the two eschatologies was perhaps more acute than in Judaism, for the figure of Christ was central to Christian eschatology. The Resurrection of Christ meant that the resurrection of the body became a cardinal affirmation of the Christian faith, and thus an eschatology of the immortality of the soul could never entirely dispense with the resurrection at the Last Day.

Keywords: Christian eschatology; punishment; eschatology; Judaism; resurrection; Christianity; immortality

Chapter.  5676 words. 

Subjects: Christianity ; Christian Theology

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