A Short History of Purgatory

Jerry L. Walls

in Purgatory

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918492 | DOI:
A Short History of Purgatory

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This chapter traces the development of the doctrine of purgatory from biblical and Patristic sources, through the present. It gives special attention to the medieval period, when the doctrine was arguably born and achieved its first formal affirmations and doctrinal definition. It shows that the story of purgatory embraces social and cultural dimensions as well as theological ones. Indeed, the cultural power of the doctrine has often been due as much or more to its promulgation in works of art, both popular and classic, as to works of formal theology.

Keywords: Augustine; The Venerable Bede; All Saints Day; productive pain; Second Council of Lyons; guilt and punishment; suffrages; intermediate state; indulgences; reformation

Chapter.  12911 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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