Monthly Archives: September 2019

Universalism: The Only Theodicy? A Review Essay of ‘That All Shall Be Saved’

by Shinji Akemi, Ph.D. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Matt. 7:9 Some scholarly works appear on the scene with such force that the intellectual landscape suffers … Continue reading

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“A person may say he hopes for the salvation of all, but if he does, when he does, he cannot also be holding to the certain damnation of some”

“And we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” — Romans 5:2 St. Paul writes that we – that is, all believers, and all those who hope in the resurrection of Christ – “boast in our hope … Continue reading

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“Christ therefore came into the world to look for it, and he found it in the Virgin’s womb”

Finding something we have lost gives us a fresh joy, and we are happier at having found the lost object than we should have been had we never lost it. This parable, however, is concerned more with divine tenderness and … Continue reading

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Abba Joseph and the Demon

I am 90% certain that this is not an authentic desert father story (though I would be delighted to be convinced otherwise), but it’s a lovely, poignant story and worthy of being shared.   With the Sign of the Cross, … Continue reading

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“In the end, even when we reject the good, we always do so out of a longing for the Good”

The more one is in one’s right mind—the more, that is, that one is conscious of God as the Goodness that fulfills all beings, and the more one recognizes that one’s own nature can have its true completion and joy … Continue reading

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“But I cannot imagine how even God could produce a situation in which I could say ‘I now see that even Belsen doesn’t really matter'”

Finally, I must say a word about the problem of evil in its widest sense as it presents itself to many people today. However glorious the final condition may be, they will say, nothing can make up for the horrors … Continue reading

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Preparing to Read ‘That All Shall Be Saved’

Reports of early deliveries of David Bentley Hart’s That All Shall Be Saved are popping up around the theoweb. While you are waiting for yours to arrive, or perhaps before you immediately jump in, you may find it helpful to read … Continue reading

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