Monthly Archives: February 2016

Justice Scalia was NOT a hopeful universalist!

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The Dogmatic Status of Apokatastasis

In both The Orthodox Church and his essay “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Fr Sergius Bulgakov mentions eschatology as a relatively unexplored topic of theology open to dogmatic definition, the implication being that standard Orthodox teaching on eschatological matters can only be … Continue reading

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St Maximus the Confessor, Hell, and the Final Consummation

by Pastor Thomas Belt “God has put all things under his [Christ’s] feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under him,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him. When all … Continue reading

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Dogma and Doctrine in the Orthodox Church

The debate on apokatastasis inevitably raises the question: Has the Orthodox Church definitively, infallibly, irreversibly excluded the universalist hope? Must Christians believe that some, perhaps many, will be eternally damned? Does everlasting hell belong to the dogmatic consciousness of the … Continue reading

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“If God is love, hell must be impossible”

If God is love, as the New Testament teaches us, hell must be impossible. At the least, it represents a supreme anomaly. In no case can being a Christian imply believing more in hell than in Christ. Being a Christian … Continue reading

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“The Eucharist is a little spoonful that is as big as the entire universe”

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Origen, Gregory Nyssen, and Maximus on Apokatastasis

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