The joy at the Last Judgement according to the Heidelberg Catechism Question 52

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dc.contributor.author Busch, Eberhard
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-02T06:33:07Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-02T06:33:07Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08-12
dc.description This article is a reworked version of a paper presented during the Heidelberg Catechism 450 Conference at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, October 28–29th, 2013. en_US
dc.description.abstract In this contribution, the author reflects on Question 52 of the Heidelberg Catechism where it asks: ‘What comfort is it to you that Christ “shall come to judge the living and the dead”?’ The author points out possible sources from which this formulation stems, that is, Articles 86 and 87 in John Calvin’s Catechism from 1545. God is described as a compassionate judge. Even more: the One who is the last judge, was also judged and had paid for our sins. In a dialectical fashion we discover a God who is just, but also merciful. The Reformed tradition did not follow a dead-end where it is taught that God shows us grace instead of righteousness. Had God proceeded in this way, he would only mean things well, but he would not make them well. The realisation of God being just and merciful leads to joy and repentance. The contribution ends with a discussion of the final separation of the just and evil. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_US
dc.identifier.citation Busch, E., 2014, 'The joy at the Last Judgement according to the Heidelberg Catechism Question 52', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2640, 5 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2640. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2640
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/42181
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Question 52 en_US
dc.subject Heidelberg Catechism (HC) en_US
dc.subject Last Judgement en_US
dc.subject Compassionate judge en_US
dc.subject Joyful repent en_US
dc.subject God’s judgement en_US
dc.title The joy at the Last Judgement according to the Heidelberg Catechism Question 52 en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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