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 (pär′o͞o-sē′ə, pə-ro͞o′zē-ə)
The Second Coming.

[Greek parousiā, presence, Parousia, from parousa, feminine present participle of pareinai, to be present : para-, beside; see para-1 + einai, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.]


(Theology) Christianity another term for the Second Coming
[C19: from Greek: presence]

Sec′ond Com′ing

the coming of Christ on Judgment Day.


the coming of Christ on Judgement Day. Also called Second Advent, Second Coming.
See also: Christianity
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Noun1.Parousia - (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last JudgmentParousia - (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment
Christian theology - the teachings of Christian churches
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Placing strong emphasis on the eschaton as the source of hope against Soviet repressions increased the risk of drawing a sharp line between the present and the parousia, thus encouraging a dualistic conception of history and salvation.
This teaches us to distinguish between the emphasis of Kairos and Parousia in our work for ECOLE.
However, the author fails to distinguish adequately between the early Pauline letters and the Deutero-Pauline epistles, and fails to indicate the shift in that literature regarding celibacy associated with the eschatological shift from the notion of imminently impending parousia and the delayed parousia as it applies to the matter of Pauline emphasis upon celibacy.
The parable of the man going on a journey points more to the tomb and resurrection world than the parousia.
But though Jesus' arrival is imminent, Paul insists that these other-Christs have lots of work to do before the Parousia breaks into their lives.
As for society, the church as an institute will only experience the true unity at the parousia of Christ.
To understand what would happen next, we must grasp the ancient idea of parousia.
253-269; these two essays, along with a chapter on "The Church and the Parousia of Christ" (Rahner, Concerning Vatican Council II, pp.
The church Roberts founded reflected his one-sidedly spiritual approach to mission; in the absence of a plurality of teachers, its theology was informed almost solely by his understanding of God and mission, including his imminent expectation of the Parousia.
The promise of the Parousia is the shadow of eternity in the historical; time itself is the trace of eternity.
Nor is this so only for recondite matters such as the timing of the parousia.
For both Grenz and Balthasar, ecclesial ecumenism, though it must be pursued in our time, can only be realized fully at the parousia in the eschaton.