The Apostles' creed ends with a statement of Christian belief in "the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting." The second article of the Nicene Creed states that Jesus Christ "will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end." Eschatology, from the Greek word eschata, meaning "last things," is the technical word for the Christian vision of the future end and fulfillment of history and the cosmos.
Carl E. Braaten is executive director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. He recently wrote Mother Church: Ecclesiology and Ecumenism. This article is the second in a series on the millennium and "last things."