Saturday, September 04, 2010

The End

I was asked about the word eschatological this morning. It’s the adjective form of eschatology, the branch of theology that deals with the four last things, as they’re called: death, judgment, heaven, and hell.

The word is based on two Greek terms – εσκατοσ (last) and λογια (study of). In popular terms, it refers to the end time or the end of days.

Based on the common use of the same root, there are some related words.

  • eschatocol: the concluding section of a charter
  • eschatologist: one who studies or treats of eschatology
  • eschaton: the divinely ordained climax of history

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