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Apokatastasis and the Radical Vision of Unconditional Divine Love

What is at stake in the universalist/infernalist debate? Perhaps the best way to answer this is to first identify what is not at stake. What is not at stake is the christological foundation of salvation. I wholeheartedly affirm that salvation … Continue reading

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Divine Retribution, Hell, and the Development of Dogma

In A.D. 754 Emperor Constantine convened a counsel of bishops in Hieria to condemn the veneration of icons and prohibit the practice in the catholic Church. It identified itself as the “Holy, Great, and Ecumenical Seventh Synod.” Twenty three years … Continue reading

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All shall be well … but how well is hell?

Alle shall be well, and alle shalle be wele, and alle maner of thinge shall be wel.1 Does Julian of Norwich advocate the salvation of every human being? The question haunts readers of her Showings. On the one hand, one … Continue reading

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Pascha and the Apokatastasis of Judas

But what about the Iscariot‽ The fate of Judas is the challenge most often posed to anyone who dares to proclaim the greater hope. Christians have long debated whether few or many will be saved. St John Chrysostom appears to … Continue reading

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Apprehending Apokatastasis: Will You Weep for the Damned?

In his third meditation in That All Shall Be Saved, David Hart advances an argument that neatly rhymes with his espousal of St Gregory of Nyssa’s corporate understanding of the Incarnation: we are saved not as solitary individuals but only as … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Unity of Rhetoric and Dialectic in ‘That All Shall Be Saved’

by Jordan Daniel Wood, Ph.D. I I had resolved to avoid, at all costs, making the substance of my reflection on David Hart’s That All Shall Be Saved about its rhetoric. Rhetoric features prominently among the main concerns of the … Continue reading

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Apprehending Apokatastasis: What the Bible Says … and Doesn’t

But that’s not what the Bible says!—a not uncommon cry uttered by many who first encoun­ter the greater hope. If we Christians know anything, we know that the Bible teaches ever­lasting damnation, and we have the verses to prove it. … Continue reading

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Apprehending Apokatastasis: The Damned Are Suffering For Your Bliss

The transcendent, omnipotent and omniscient Deity has freely created a cosmos whose eschatological consummation will be heaven and hell—so traditional theology tells us. He might have created a different cosmos, one in which all rational beings enjoy eternal beati­tude (no … Continue reading

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