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A term used by St. John in the Apocalypse (21:1) to describe the restored visible world after the glorious resurrection on the last day. The present earth, it implies, will not be annihilated but mysteriously renovated. Since the glorified bodies will regain their bodily faculties, it is argued, there will be in "the new earth" corporeal objects for these faculties to experience and enjoy.
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