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ˌɛs kəˈtɒl ə dʒies·cha·tol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eschatologynoun

    the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and Last Judgment; Heaven and Hell; the ultimate destiny of humankind


  1. eschatologynoun

    System of doctrines concerning final matters, such as death.

    Etymology: From ἔσχατον -neuter of ἔσχατος- + -logy.

  2. eschatologynoun

    The study of the end times u2014 the end of the world, notably in Christian theology the second coming of Christ, the Apocalypse or the Last Judgment.

    Etymology: From ἔσχατον -neuter of ἔσχατος- + -logy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eschatologynoun

    the doctrine of the last or final things, as death, judgment, and the events therewith connected

    Etymology: [Gr. the furthest, last + -logy.]


  1. Eschatology

    Eschatology is a part of theology, physics, philosophy, and futurology concerned with what are believed to be the final events of history, the ultimate destiny of humanity — commonly referred to as the "end of the world" or "end time". The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as "The department of theological science concerned with ‘the four last things: death, judgement, heaven and hell’." In the context of mysticism, the phrase refers metaphorically to the end of ordinary reality and reunion with the Divine. In many religions it is taught as an existing future event prophesied in sacred texts or folklore. More broadly, eschatology may encompass related concepts such as the Messiah or Messianic Age, the end time, and the end of days. History is often divided into "ages", an age being a time period with certain commonalities. One age comes to an end and a new age, where different realities are present, begins. When such transitions from one age to another are the subject of eschatological discussion, the phrase, "end of the world", is replaced by "end of the age", "end of an era", or "end of life as we know it". Much apocalyptic fiction does not deal with the "end of time" but rather with the end of a certain period of time, the end of life as it is now, and the beginning of a new period of time. It is usually a crisis that brings an end to current reality and ushers in a new way of living / thinking / being. This crisis may take the form of the intervention of a deity in history, a war, a change in the environment or the reaching of a new level of consciousness.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eschatology

    es-ka-tol′o-ji, n. (theol.) the doctrine of the last or final things, as death, judgment, the state after death.—adjs. Eschatolog′ic, -al.—n. Eschatol′ogist. [Gr. eschatos, last, logia, a discourse.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Eschatology

    the department of theology which treats of the so-called last things, such as death, the intermediate state, the millennium, the return of Christ, the resurrection, the judgment, and the end of the world.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eschatology in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eschatology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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