Definition of eschatology in English:



  • [mass noun] The part of theology concerned with death, judgement, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind.

    ‘Christian hope is concerned with eschatology, or the science of last things’
    • ‘This raises issues of prophecy and destiny, taking us into speculative realms that are properly the domain of philosophy and theology, especially that branch of theology known as eschatology, dealing with death and the last things.’
    • ‘Theologically our age has been marked by a rediscovery of eschatology as more than just ‘last things.’’
    • ‘Not only does it make us reconsider the task of natural theology, it influences such topics as creation, eschatology and the problem of evil.’
    • ‘Even Christian eschatology and theology stood against this perception.’
    • ‘The theses themselves have already alluded to a number of standard headings within Christian systematics - grace, sacraments, soteriology, eschatology.’
    • ‘Even Mahavira and Buddha agreed that there could be no final answers to some of the difficult questions of cosmology, ontology, theology, and eschatology.’
    • ‘For it is only out of the revelatory claims of Scripture that eschatology arises as a theological topic and as an assumption about reality that requires faith to engage with science to get some sense of the ending.’
    • ‘The purpose of marriage is to glorify God as is taught by creation, redemption and eschatology.’
    • ‘Cyberspace creates a fine line between science fiction and popular theology, especially eschatology.’
    • ‘Topics include his exegesis, Mary and the incarnation, divinization and eschatology; but the Trinity and the Holy Spirit are the constant background.’
    • ‘The theological mainstream had absorbed eschatology long before the terrorist assaults on the United States on September 11, 2001.’
    • ‘Are we to dismiss Paul's words on the grounds that his understanding of eschatology, his thinking about final things and the end times, was off by a few thousand years?’
    • ‘His convictions are ‘that eschatology is profoundly important, that the eschatological system of the Bible is basically simple, and that popular views of prophecy today are profoundly unbiblical’.’
    • ‘Third, fundamental to the whole project is the sense that Christology, particularly the death and resurrection of Christ, provides the key to eschatology.’
    • ‘This comprises outlines of the teaching on the persons of the Trinity, eschatology, eternal life, witness, and so forth.’
    • ‘Horton claims, further, that Pauline eschatology not only avoids Nietzsche's and Derrida's critiques of dualism, but also gives theology an intelligible way of talking about eschatology.’
    • ‘One does not have to read very deeply in the scholarly literature on eschatology, the gospels, or Christology before running into the writings of Richard Bauckham.’
    • ‘Theology has often ‘used eschatology to move into speculations about a virtual reality, something that science will not readily accept.’’
    • ‘My own views on various matters have changed over the years as I have learned more (notably, where eschatology is concerned), so an education from a worthwhile source is always welcome.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek eskhatos last + -logy.