Jerry Walls on Purgatory

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  1. Fr Aidan Kimel says:

    Jerry Walls is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary and belongs to the Wesleyan tradition. He is the author of an excellent book: Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation. Also see Walls’s article “Purgatory for Everyone.”

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  2. Bilbo says:

    Very nice discussion. I think Dante’s Purgatorio offers a model of purgatory that Walls could live with.

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Wait until my next posting on Bulgakov (probably Monday): “Hell as Universal Purgatory.” In that post I will briefly discuss both Dante and Walls.

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  3. Fr. J. says:

    Dr. Walls says that the Protestant idea is essentially sanctificationist. I remember reading Matt Kennedy roundly rejecting this idea, calling Protestant justification forensic. What am I missing?

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Jerry Walls is a Wesleyan, Matt Kennedy is a Calvinist.

      But given that Calvinists believe that sanctification is progressive and synergistic, it’s hard to see why they would object to a sanctification model of purgatory, given that all who find themselves in a purgatorial state are already justified in Christ.

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