Chapter

Looking Forward by Looking Back

Jerry L. Walls

in Purgatory

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918492 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732296.003.0008
Looking Forward by Looking Back

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This chapter summarizes the main argument of the book and the central issues on which acceptance or rejection of the doctrine of purgatory turn. It reiterates that the doctrine of purgatory is not an alternative to the doctrine of grace, but is itself an expression of grace. Purgatory is a positive doctrine that holds together God's goodness both as his demand for moral goodness and perfection, as well as his desire for our happiness and flourishing, which can only be fully realized when we are fully transformed.

Keywords: Biblical interpretation; moral transformation; protestant theology; time; goodness of God; grace

Chapter.  2272 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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