Tag: Universal Salvation

In Defense of a Certain Tone of Voice
Theology

In Defense of a Certain Tone of Voice Part Four of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

Read part one, two, and three of this four-part series. Having completed—albeit somewhat elliptically—my “itinerary” of the argument of That All Shall Be Saved, I have reserved the final installment of my report for a last, brief, bitter, even somewhat petulant and self-pitying complaint about some of the more belligerent readings the book has inspired. Perhaps…

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Can Persons Be Saved?
Theology

Can Persons Be Saved? Part Three of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

Read part one and part two of the series. Before resuming my “itinerary” of the argument of That All Shall Be Saved, one additional point seems worth stressing. Though in the last installment the issue was raised of whether God intends or permits evil, the book’s argument has nothing to do with the traditional problems of…

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What God Wills and What God Permits
Theology

What God Wills and What God Permits Part Two of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

In my previous installment of this report, I addressed the final phase of the argument put forward in That All Shall Be Saved, which concerns the nature of rational freedom and the question of whether the idea of a hell of eternal torment can plausibly be defended as an expression of the free will of…

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What Is a Truly Free Will?
Theology

What Is a Truly Free Will? Part One of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

I should explain. I am in the process of preparing a kind of “interim report” on my recent book That All Shall Be Saved, in preparation for a number of public events, and perhaps in anticipation of a second edition of the text. And the editors of Public Orthodoxy have kindly offered me a venue in which…

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The Good Friday Lamentation and Universal Salvation
Liturgical Life, Theology, Uncategorized

The Good Friday Lamentation and Universal Salvation

ελληνικά  |  Română  |  ру́сский It is striking just how many verses of the central hymn of the most widely attended service in the Orthodox Church assert that Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection provide salvation to everyone—yes, everyone. If hymnography reflects the prayer and thinking of the community, what might this contribute to the millennia-long debate about Universal…

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Marcionism, Allegorical Exegesis, and the Question of Universal Salvation
Theology

Marcionism, Allegorical Exegesis, and the Question of Universal Salvation

The publication of David Bentley Hart’s That All Shall Be Saved has provoked no small amount of controversy since its release. Though Hart’s argument for universal salvation encompasses diverse arenas of thought—theological anthropology, the moral meaning of creatio ex nihilo, the phenomenology of human volition—it is his treatment of the Scriptures that has provoked some…

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Our Problem with Forgiveness
Theology

Our Problem with Forgiveness

ελληνικά | ру́сский People really like Hell. Or at least they really like the idea of Hell. And many are positively gleeful at the notion of some or another of their fellow human beings being tormented forever in its fiery furnaces (that’s right, forever, for eternity, for an expanse of time the human mind cannot fully…

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