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Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation

Jerry L. Walls


This book is a philosophical and theological exploration and defense of the doctrine of purgatory. After a historical overview of the development of the doctrine, it examines Protestant objections to the doctrine as well as Protestant accounts of how believers are purged of their imperfections and made ready for heaven. It goes on to show that the doctrine of purgatory has been construed in different ways, and that some of these are compatible with Protestant theology. Next, it shows that purgatory assumes not only continuity of personal identity but also conscious survival between death and r ... More

Keywords: purgatory, personal identity, sanctification, transformation, intermediate state, C. S. Lewis, postmortem salvation, Protestantism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199732296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerry L. Walls, author
Notre Dame