Monthly Archives: September 2019

Why is Presdestination Missing in Action?

Something is wrong with traditional formulations of the doctrine of divine predestination. For over fifteen hundred years, the theologians of the Church—Origen, St Augustine of Hippo, St John of Damascus, St Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Luis de Molina, Domingo Báñez, … Continue reading

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“Abraham used to pursue even passers-by and drag them into his home, whereas the rich man disregarded someone lying in his own doorway”

It is worthwhile inquiring why the rich man saw Lazarus in the patriarch Abraham’s arms, and not in the company of some other righteous person. The reason is that Abraham was hospitable, and so the sight of Lazarus with Abraham … Continue reading

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“What matters most is the fundamental option of one’s life for God, illumined from the inside, permeated with a feeling of inner meaning, stronger than the fear of sin, futility, void and hopelessness”

Some of the outstanding theologians and hierarchs of the Christian Churches speak today a language totally different from the one heard during the past centuries. In his conversa­tions with Patriarch Bartholomew I, a French Orthodox theologian, Olivier Clément, summarised his … Continue reading

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“Whoever denies the freedom of coming out from the existential state of Gehenna believes in fact in the ultimate victory of evil over at least a part of God’s creatures”

In defending human freedom traditional theology assumes that we are able to reject God ultimately and irreversibly. This assumption is one of the foundations of the doctrine on the actual possibility of eternal damnation and the real existence of hell. … Continue reading

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“Love could not bear that”

‪I remember a conversation between him [St Silouan the Athonite] and a certain hermit, who declared with evident satisfaction, ‘God will punish all atheists. They will burn in everlasting fire.’‬ ‪Obviously upset, the Staretz said:‬ ‪‘Tell me, supposing you went … Continue reading

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The Possibility of a Thomistic Universalism: A Review of David Bentley Hart’s ‘That All Shall Be Saved’

by Taylor Nutter It seems prudent to begin this review of That All Shall Be Saved by following Hart in the confession of my own perspective. That perspective, after all, sets the conditions for the conclusions at which I will … Continue reading

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1 Timothy 2:3-4: will, intend, or desire?

by David Bentley Hart A quick note on 1 Timothy 2:3-4. It seems that certain captious reviewers of my book—one especially confused reviewer in particular—believe that my translation of these verses, which says that “God intends” the salvation of all, … Continue reading

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