Category Archives: Thomas Talbott

James Dominic Rooney’s Critique of Universalism

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. In an article entitled “The Incoherencies of Hard Universalism,” recently published in Church Life Journal (18 October 2022), James Dominic Rooney argues that universalism is a serious heresy that Christians should clearly reject. He begins his … Continue reading

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Tom Talbott Reviews ‘That All Shall Be Saved’ (Part IV)

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Predestination unto Glory Christians have traditionally held that, because they are saved by grace, they can take no credit for their own salvation, all of the credit for which goes to God. As Paul himself put … Continue reading

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Tom Talbott Reviews ‘That All Shall Be Saved’ (Part III)

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. The Limits of Possible Free Choice According to David Bentley Hart: [T]he keener consciences among believers have always recognized that the Christian story of creation, redemption, and cosmic restoration . . . is a claim about … Continue reading

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Tom Talbott Reviews ‘That All Shall Be Saved’ (Part II)

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Hopeful Versus Necessary Universalism There seem to be two separate paths that have led some to a “hopeful universalism,” as many have called it: one biblical and the other philosophical. The biblical path rests upon two … Continue reading

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Tom Talbott Reviews ‘That All Shall Be Saved’

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Part I: Some Introductory Remarks At a time when a good many books have been written, some by academics and others by non-academics, on the topic of Christian universalism, David Bentley Hart’s That All Shall Be … Continue reading

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Heavenly Amnesia: How Sweet to Forget the Damned

Through Christ and in Christ, by the Spirit, the Father will perfect in love all who come to him in repentance and faith. In Christ the blessed will love as the Father loves, and their love will comprehend all. In … Continue reading

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Hell and the Solidarity of Love

Can you imagine yourself enjoying perfect happiness and bliss in heaven if you knew that a beloved spouse, child, or friend was suffering everlasting torment in hell? In his wonderful parable The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis presents an interaction … 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 … Continue reading

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