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Glossary

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18 March 2016

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.

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