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Despairing into Gehenna: Manis, Kierkegaard, and the Choice Model

For over fifteen hundred years, the dominant Christian understanding of hell has been one of everlasting punishment. Zachary Manis summarizes the traditional position (particu­larly as taught in the Western Church): “The purpose of hell is retribution: one’s consign­ment to hell … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Sinners in the Presence of a Loving God’

Hell will always be a compelling topic for Christian preachers, theologians, philoso­phers, and believers everywhere. Preachers love it, because it dramatically raises the homiletical stakes—congregants are guaranteed to sit up and take notice. Theologians love it, because it provides a … Continue reading

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‘The End is Music’: A Brief Review

As readers of Eclectic Orthodoxy know, Robert W. Jenson was the single most formative influence on my theological development (don’t blame him—he didn’t have a lot to work with). I discovered his writings in seminary in the late 70s and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Engaging the Doctrine of Creation

Thoughtful, irenic, clear writing style, and without doubt the most prolific American theologian today. You have probably already guessed his name, but in case you haven’t, here are a couple more hints. He has authored over twenty books and has … Continue reading

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Reviewing Reardon on Redemption

by Tom Belt It’s always an honor to join in the conversation here at Fr Aidan’s place. It’s good of him to invite me in to share my thoughts on Fr Patrick Henry Reardon’s enlightening book Reclaiming the Atonement: An … Continue reading

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The Hidden and the Manifest: A Book Review

Fifteen years ago David Bentley Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth blazed across the theological sky. For those of us who were reading theology back then, it was not quite like anything we had ever seen … Continue reading

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Books I’m Glad I Read in 2017

I didn’t read as many books this year as I did during the previous four. Here are four titles I read during 2017 which I particularly enjoyed and can recommend without reservation (in no particular order): 1) Showings by Julian … Continue reading

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