Agathism is the doctrine that the ultimate end of all things is good, although the intermediate means may be
evil. Agathism is offered as an apologeticin theodicyto address the problem of reconciling a benevolent God with the existence of evil in the world. A form of agathism found in Muslimthought and in some Christiangroups such as the Seventh-day Adventist Churchbelieves that even the punishment of a soul in hellis not eternal. In theologies which hold human history to be a narrative authored by Godagathism forms the basis for the development of Messianism. Agathologyis the study of the nature of good.
Note: Also a general term not related to any religious group, simply referring to the belief that all things will turn out well in the end. Compare with
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