es·​cha·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌe-skə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce eschatology (audio) \
plural eschatologies

Definition of eschatology

1 : a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind
2 : a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind specifically : any of various Christian doctrines concerning the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgment

Examples of eschatology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The complex interplay of the microscopic and macroscopic determines cosmic eschatology. Priyamvada Natarajan, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 This theology, this eschatology (theology of end times) was codified by some OPC leaders in the mid-2000s, and has been the culmination of a long history of American exceptionalist theology and civil Christian religion in the United States. Eve Ettinger, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 This secular revival has blessed its adherents with a scheme of ethics, aesthetics, eschatology, and soteriology all their own. Tanner Greer, National Review, 17 Mar. 2020 New York was the end of the world, the site of a kind of cultural eschatology; Pittsburgh was a station on life’s way, the geographical end of a state where three rivers converged. Gerald Early, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2018 Hawking's gloom goes beyond decay into eschatology., 21 June 2017 A real apocalypse, like the killer flu in The Stand — Stephen King’s opus of epidemiologic eschatology — would be off the chart, with an RØ of 5 to 6 and a case fatality rate of 99 percent. Patrick Di Justo, WIRED, 22 June 2009 Its delirious eschatology foretells a final unity with the technological divine, through which the elect will make the transition from time into eternity. Mark O’connell, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2017 Butt relates Bach’s complex sense of time to the evolving Christian understanding of eschatology, of the nature of the Second Coming. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of eschatology

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eschatology

Greek eschatos last, farthest

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“Eschatology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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