Sometimes blogging can be a blessing

Every once and a while someone will write me privately to thank me for blogging, particularly on the subject of the Greater Hope. A few days ago, a young man named John left the following comment on Eclectic Orthodoxy’s Facebook page:

Part of my escape from suicidal depression actually involved embracing universalism in opposition to the scrupulous understanding of catholicism and mortal sin that i had been suffering under up to that point.

I have so much to thank Father Kimel for: his writings on his blog were a real light in the darkness for me.

There were other factors involved in my return to sanity, but Eclectic Orthodoxy was massive for me.

Thank you, John, for your encouraging words.

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9 Responses to Sometimes blogging can be a blessing

  1. Mark Burns says:

    I’m right there with John. This blog has changed my life. The information continued in the archives -the posts on apokatastasis, Brian Moore’s “Searching for Our Human Face” series, distinguishing between an “unto the ages” eternity from the way we’re prone to thinking about it, the quotes by Gregory of Nyssa and Maximus the Confessor….this is the stuff that has sustained me and given me hope for my future. I’m so glad I printed it all out when I did (gotta get those photos back up!).

    When I say that the archived material here is the wind beneath my wings, I ain’t joking. We all owe Fr. Kimel a major debt of gratitude, as well as Brian Moore and David Bentley Hart.

    There are other Orthodox sites, other Orthodox apologists, and they definitely bring something important to the table. But this has been a real game changer.

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  2. Robert Fortuin says:

    That is wonderful! Thank you both for sharing.

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  3. Andrew says:

    Thank God for this! What a blessing Eclectic Orthodoxy has been for so many of us. My experience with suicidal ideation/despair for extended periods in my early adult years taught me that if God is good at all, then he will save all, even if with great suffering “as through a fire”. Otherwise He is not love, otherwise he is not good. The suffering of complete despair cuts through much of the morass that obscures this point. My adult life has been trying to reconcile this faith(which I came to believe is true or nothing is) with history. My conversion to the Orthodox Church years ago has been a mixed blessing in this regard, honestly. Thank you Fr. for helping us all work through difficult, difficult, painful questions.

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  4. Ted says:

    Small acts of kindness go a long way! 🙂

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  5. mattk says:

    I too was in a rough state before I became a universalist. I agonized over hell to the point of needing to be prescribed antidepressant medication. This blog, and the writings of DBH, definitely helped pull me put of that downward spiral. So thank you!

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  6. Robert Fortuin says:

    It is downright chilling to me to come to the realization how many people must be struggling with this – considering that commenters here are but a miniscule fraction all people dealing with the hell of never-ending-Hell. People are existentially confronted with the absurdity of the God who is love but who doesn’t (or, perhaps worse, who won’t or can’t) love to put a stop to hell that never ends. Misery is carried onward into infinity. Such good news. Something’s got to give, no wonder the ‘nones’ and the ‘spiritual but not religious’ group is growing at such astounding rates. But how to reverse this trend?

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Robert, you might recall that a couple years ago Fr Andrew Damick argued that that those who proclaimed the greater hope are guilty of pastoral malpractice.

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      • Fr. Damick was at one point a confessional Calvinist, and it seems that much of his Orthodox positions are still wrapped in the garb of 16th Century Protestantism. I have no problem with Calvinists (I am a Presbyterian, though I am probably more of a Barthian than confessionally Reformed these days), but it does seem strange to me that one would retain such dogmatism on a matter that Orthodoxy allows some latitude on.

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      • Robert Fortuin says:

        Fr Damick’s argument is riddled with misunderstandings of the claims of universalism, the nature of freedom, repentance, human desire and motivation. Perhaps worse of all is the claim that “the Gospel is an exhortation to do something because something bad will happen if you don’t.” Seriously? The Good News is an exhortation? The Prophets did just that, and to no avail. We know what followed their exhortation.

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