Category Archives: Eschatology

Balthasar: The Hopeful Non-Universalist

by Henry C. Karlson, III Hans Urs von Balthasar’s hope that all could be saved has led many people to condemn him as a heretic, claiming that such hope is a weak form of universalism. Many who support Balthasar likewise … Continue reading

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Free-will Theodicies of Hell

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Every free-will theodicy of hell (and, for that matter, every free-will defense of it as well) rests upon an incompatibilist (or so-called libertarian) understanding of human freedom. C. S. Lewis, one of the earliest proponents of … Continue reading

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How to Read the Bible from a Universalist Perspective

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Introduction I begin with a confession. For I must confess here at the outset that I am now utterly confident in the exegetical case for a universalist reading of the Bible as a whole, and I … Continue reading

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Apocatastasis: The Heresy that Never Was

When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics immediately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (553), citing the fifteen anti-Origenist anathemas: “Apokatastasis has been dogmatically defined by the Church as heresy—see canon 1 … … Continue reading

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All shall be well … but how well is well?

Does Julian of Norwich advocate the salvation of every human being? The question haunts readers of her Showings. That it does so is curious. Julian repeatedly qualifies (25 times, to be exact) God’s salvific work in Christ with the phrase “that … Continue reading

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Sometimes Eternity Ain’t Forever: Aiónios and the Universalist Hope

When discussing the question of eschatological judgment, defenders of traditional doctrine immediately appeal to our Lord’s teaching on hell. It is simply obvious that Jesus taught the eternal damnation of the reprobate. Certainly that is how almost all the English … Continue reading

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Hell, Freedom, and the Predestinating Gospel

But what about HELL? This is always the first question posed when confronted with Robert W. Jenson’s understanding of the gospel as unconditional promise. If the Church is authorized to speak the Kingdom to all comers, does this not imply universal … Continue reading

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