is the doctrine that the ultimate end of all things is good, although the intermediate means may be evil
. Agathism is offered as an apologetic
to address the problem of reconciling a benevolent God with the existence of evil in the world. A form of agathism found in Muslim
thought and in some Christian
groups such as the Seventh-day Adventist Church
believes that even the punishment of a soul in hell
is not eternal. In theologies
which hold human history to be a narrative authored by God
agathism forms the basis for the development of Messianism
is 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 optimism.