SAINT IRENAEUS AND CONFLICTING DOCTRINES OF DAMNATION

Jennifer Adamson (Religion, Culture & Society)

Abstract


This essay considers the contradicting doctrines of salvation posited by two of the early Church Fathers of the Christian faith: Augustine arguing for eternal damnation and Irenaeus arguing for eternal salvation. It begins by identifying various explanations for hell and damnation before focusing on the reasons for Saint Irenaeus’ rejection of the doctrine of eternal damnation. The analysis includes a critical evaluation of the conflicting views presented by classical and contemporary scholars: the arguments for and against Saint Irenaeus’ rejection of the doctrine. The question of the afterlife is then further examined through scriptural evidence, before drawing on contemporary philosophy and theology to explore more recent developments in terms of understanding, knowledge and research into the adequacy of universal salvation.


Keywords: Saint Irenaeus, Saint Augustine, Afterlife, Catholicism, Eternal Damnation, Hell, Salvation.


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