Aspirational Universalism vs Dogmatic Universalism

Catholic theologian Adam Rasmussen presents the case for “aspirational universalism.”

“The bottom-line takeaway of all this is that we have solid scriptural grounds to hope—and we ought so to hope—that ‘the good Lord will save everyone.’ Before each of us stands the choice to obey our conscience and seek the kingdom of God, or to turn away from grace and thus risk condemning ourselves. ‘See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity’ (Deut 30:15). But in this, thanks be to God, we are not left to our own devices, as though we could save ourselves by our bootstraps, for God loves us and desires all of us to be saved. May his will be done!”

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2 Responses to Aspirational Universalism vs Dogmatic Universalism

  1. Hugh says:

    As a Catholic, I’m really interested to hear more of your thoughts regarding this kind of ‘aspirational universalism,’ Fr. Kimel. Personally, I’m more convinced by DBH’s form of (very) confident universalism, but perhaps within the Catholic tradition, to aspire is the best we can aspire to.

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