Apocalyptic: biblical literature and style of theology associated with cataclysm, judgement and redemption, especially in relation to end of world, from Greek apokálypsis (uncovering).
Assumption: belief that Blessed Virgin Mary was taken up into heaven in body and soul, as the first human being to share in Christ’s resurrection.
Beatific vision: eternal and blissful vision of God enjoyed by the redeemed.
Eschaton: Greek word for “last” — used to mean end of the world, or its state after subsequent restoration.
General Resurrection: resurrection of all people before the final judgement.
Limbo: eternal and final state of those neither damned by sin nor redeemed by Christ. Pope Benedict XVI taught against limbo for unbaptised infants in 2005.
Millennialism/chiliasm: belief in a 1000-year rule of Christ on earth before the ultimate wrapping up of history, the General Resurrection and Last Judgement. Not widely taught by mainstream Churches.
Preterism: belief that most, or all, of prophecies in Bible have already been fulfilled, especially in period leading to fall of Temple in Jerusalem in AD 70.
Social gospel: approach to Christian mission with emphasis on social change; more specifically, early 20th-century North American movement with those ends.