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date: 26 June 2019

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This chapter considers the Christian doctrine of the end of all things and the character of our hope about that end. The chapter begins with an introduction to the ‘Parousia’, the coming of Christ at the end of time. It then considers the resurrection of the dead, the renewal of the cosmos—the establishment of the new heavens and new earth—and the final judgement. A consideration of heaven is matched by discussion of how Christians should imagine scriptural teaching on perpetual retribution. The chapter then considers how Christian eschatological doctrine shapes our experience in the world. The chapter closes with a treatment of purgatory and the space between death and resurrection.

Keywords: eschatology, Parousia, resurrection, judgement, death, heaven, purgatory, hell, creation.

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