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1. The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.
2. A belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment.

[Greek eskhatos, last; see eghs in Indo-European roots + -logy.]

es·chat′o·log′i·cal (ĭ-skăt′l-ŏj′ĭ-kəl, ĕs′kə-tə-lŏj′-) adj.
es·chat′o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
es′cha·tol′o·gist n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.eschatological - of or relating to or dealing with or regarding the ultimate destiny of mankind and the world


[ˌeskətəˈlɒdʒɪkəl] ADJ (Rel) → escatológico


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Such an ecclesiology, unlike the apologetic approaches of the time, would address the mystery of the church in all its dimensions, including its mission, full range of members, various traditions, need for reform, and eschatological nature.
Part 2 covers the natural law as it applies (or may not apply--more on this below) to God's redeemed people in the covenants of grace and, therefore, looks at the new creation and its eschatological realities.
Neal's book reveals several key findings that will likely change people's thinking toward where humanity stands in relation to the beginning of eschatological events.
Peguy believed Christianity's dominant eschatological traditions promoted bourgeois individualism and apathy in the face of suffering.
The divine energies of the one divine essence bring us the reality of God as participatable, granting us saving interaction with the dynamic love of the Triune God in the creation, and moving us toward our eschatological goal of deification via the infusion of the energies and their dynamic effect on us and the cosmos.
Yong first builds on christological and eschatological proposals regarding divine action, emphasizing the eschatological nature of pneumatological divine action: the Spirit makes the kingdom of God present now by making the "new creation" present now (chapter three).
This eschatological action by God will include the incorporation Into the divine life of our cosmic reality.
The eschatological motif leads likewise to a theology that takes its orientation from the perspective of our human telos together with the telos of creation as a whole.
The encounter with Iranian religion produced the necessary stimulus for the full development of ideas that were slowly under way within Judaism The personification of evil in the form of figures like Satan, Belial, or the Devil, the increasing importance of the dual opposition between Good and Evil as well as their eschatological confrontations are ideas that are unlikely to have emerged without external influence.
However, Israel now is facing a far more dangerous line-up of enemies: an eschatological theocracy in Iran with nuclear and regional ambitions, an equally eschatological Hizbullah in Lebanon, together with an Assad regime having been degraded from a senior to junior partner in the Iran-led axis, having Hamas now acting as an eschatological organisation in Gaza - all surrounding the Jewish state.
Rabbinic religion was inescapably eschatological because the world in which rabbis lived could make sense to them on no other basis.
I don't think it's a coincidence that efforts to justify violence in terms of the just war tradition or even in light of recent terrorism are connected with eschatological religions.