Definition of eschatology in English:



  • The part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Theologically our age has been marked by a rediscovery of eschatology as more than just ‘last things.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cyberspace creates a fine line between science fiction and popular theology, especially eschatology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The theological mainstream had absorbed eschatology long before the terrorist assaults on the United States on September 11, 2001.’
    • ‘Even Mahavira and Buddha agreed that there could be no final answers to some of the difficult questions of cosmology, ontology, theology, and eschatology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The purpose of marriage is to glorify God as is taught by creation, redemption and eschatology.’
    • ‘The theses themselves have already alluded to a number of standard headings within Christian systematics - grace, sacraments, soteriology, eschatology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Topics include his exegesis, Mary and the incarnation, divinization and eschatology; but the Trinity and the Holy Spirit are the constant background.’
    • ‘Theology has often ‘used eschatology to move into speculations about a virtual reality, something that science will not readily accept.’’


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