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The End Of History

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Eternal life as an end is a goal which has an individual character. Attaining to this personal perspective means that wickedness is overcome by a certain responsible being, but evil is not universally extinguished. There are still other planes of being where evil does exist as a scandalous antithesis to created nature. There is a certain existential causality in Origen’s view of time, which is established as a principle throughout history in broader sense, viz. time comprising serial aeons. Time is nonetheless the extension of freedom. What is more, this causality is dependent upon human will. This by definition on no account makes this principle a fatalism, which would mean that a certain internal force dominates upon history, driving this to a certain end. History is directed according to dialectical relation between unrestricted creaturely freedom and divine will, with providence expressing this divine will, but not coercing any historical eventuality.

Keywords: aeons; divine will; end of history; eternal life; evil; fatalism; freedom; human will; Origen; wickedness



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