eschatology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eschatology the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and Last Judgment; Heaven and Hell; the ultimate destiny of humankind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Eschatology The doctrine of the last or final things, as death, judgment, and the events therewith connected.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eschatology In theology, the doctrine of the last or of final things; that branch of theology which treats of the end of the world and man's condition or state after death. The topics which belong theologically to eschatology are death, immortality, the resurrection, the second coming of Christ, the millennium, the judgment, and the future state of existence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eschatology es-ka-tol′o-ji (theol.) the doctrine of the last or final things, as death, judgment, the state after death
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. the furthest, last + -logy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. eschatos, last, logia, a discourse.

Usage

In literature:

The eschatological discourse presents serious exegetical difficulties.
"The Life of Jesus of Nazareth" by Rush Rhees
The man Kant felt that morality was the basis of eschatology, but the professor of philosophy inverted the terms.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Such Celtic stories as these may have been known to classical authors, and have influenced their statements regarding eschatology.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
We can only say that secularism, like other religions, needs an eschatology, and has produced one.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
The human mind does not easily escape some kind of eschatological topography.
"Cerberus, The Dog of Hades" by Maurice Bloomfield
These pictures of the future world are crude, and usually stand side by side with others; they are experiments in eschatology.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Eschatology of Hindu Shastras, 185.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
MERCY AND JUDGMENT: a few last words on Christian Eschatology.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
In another sense salvation meant something different, which was not eschatological.
"Landmarks in the History of Early Christianity" by Kirsopp Lake
It has thrown eschatology overboard.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
In the second place the question during the whole of this period was always primarily one of eschatology rather than of practical politics.
"Notes on the Diplomatic History of the Jewish Question" by Lucien Wolf
Maybe to Harkaway it's eschatology, but to me it's just plain scatology!
"Once a Greech" by Evelyn E. Smith
Human ethics and a supernatural ethics of an eschatological sort cannot be dovetailed together.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Yet every intermediate truth, when apprehended, throws new light on the soul's eschatology.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
Almost anything, even open espionage and covert eschatology, was better than that.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
The hopes of the Messiah are confined to the former, and a somewhat different eschatology underlies the two works.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
At the Church Congress of 1888 he read an heretical paper on Biblical Eschatology.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
ESCHATOLOGY of the Gospel, Luke, 352-363.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
The mythological eschatology of Judaism made much of such imagery, which is itself doubtless of mythical ancestry.
"The Literature of the Old Testament" by George Foot Moore
Eschatology, Australian, 245, 287.
"The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" by Emile Durkheim
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In news:

Appropriately for this liturgical season, my graduate seminar has been reading Joseph Ratzinger's great work, Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life.
At last, a game based on the one-season Canadian eschatological SciFi thriller.
After much mocking during the Republican National Convention in tropical storm-threatened Tampa week before last, Democrats invited an eschatological incident last week at their convention in Charlotte.
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