Atoning in purgatory

This article develops a new argument - The Argument from Atonement - that commonplace Christian assumptions about heaven imply the existence of purgatory. According to this argument, many Christians will die with residual moral guilt due to possessing unfulfilled moral debts towards fellow non-divin...

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Published in:Religious studies
Main Author: Thurow, Joshua C.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Univ. Press [2017]
In: Religious studies
Year: 2017, Volume: 53, Issue: 2, Pages: 217-237
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Purgatory / Forgiveness of sins
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
NBK Soteriology
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Summary:This article develops a new argument - The Argument from Atonement - that commonplace Christian assumptions about heaven imply the existence of purgatory. According to this argument, many Christians will die with residual moral guilt due to possessing unfulfilled moral debts towards fellow non-divine humans. Some of these debts cannot be fulfilled immediately after death and are not completely fulfilled or cancelled by Jesus's atoning work. Christians with such debts are fit neither for heaven nor for hell and thus must occupy purgatory until their moral debts are fulfilled.
ISSN:1469-901X
Contains:Enthalten in: Religious studies
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/S0034412516000056