Protestant Objections and Alternatives to Purgatory

Jerry L. Walls

in Purgatory

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918492 | DOI:
Protestant Objections and Alternatives to Purgatory

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This chapter explores central Protestant objections to purgatory, namely, that it is not clearly taught in scripture, and it undermines the work of Christ for our salvation and the doctrine of justification by faith. It also examines Protestant accounts of how believers are perfected and made ready for heaven, accounts that provide alternatives to the doctrine of purgatory. These include Lutheran, Reformed, and Wesleyan accounts, with primary focus on classical sources. Contemporary spokesmen are also examined, some of whom show openness to a reassessment of the doctrine.

Keywords: Biblical authority; atonement; justification by faith; Calvin; Luther; Jonathan Edwards; John Wesley; John Fletcher

Chapter.  12299 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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