Purgatory and the dilemma of sanctification

Faith and Philosophy 24 (3):311-330 (2007)
Christian Protestants typically affirm both the essential moral perfection of heaven and the sufficiency of saving faith. Yet these two commitments generatean apparently self-destructive dilemma—one I call the dilemma of sanctification. The prima facie puzzle can be resolved in at least three ways. In this paper, I articulate the dilemma of sanctification in some detail and offer an argument against a widely-held Protestant solution I call provisionism. This constitutes indirect support for the solution I find most promising, namely, a doctrine of purgatory. I close by sketching a model of purgatory consistent with Protestant soteriology
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil200724315
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Travis Dumsday (2014). Purgatory. Philosophy Compass 9 (10):732-740.

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