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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 24, Issue 3, July 2007

Justin D. Barnard
Pages 311-330
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil200724315

PURGATORY AND THE DILEMMA OF SANCTIFICATION

Christian Protestants typically affirm both the essential moral perfection of heaven and the sufficiency of saving faith. Yet these two commitments generate an 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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