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White Walkers, Toll-Houses, and the Hermeneutic of Pascha

When I first heard about the aerial toll-houses, I dismissed them as the stuff of folklore, tales told by Old Nan to children when the winter days are short and the nights are long and cold. As terrifying as the … Continue reading

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Suffering, Theodicy, and Apokatastasis

“What then, one might well ask, is divine providence?” David Bentley Hart poses this question after pondering upon the evil and suffering of the world in his beautiful little book The Doors of the Sea. In the preceding eighty-one pages Hart compares the … Continue reading

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Fire Increate and the Salvation of Lilith

I scrambled to find the right words. How to explain to my old friend Frederica Mathewes-Green the theme of George MacDonald’s great fantasy novel Lilith? But the words would not come. Well, perhaps that’s not quite true. Words came, but … Continue reading

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Pascha and the Apokatastasis of Judas Iscariot

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 have been … Continue reading

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Taking the Bus Back to Hell

One by one the lost souls step off the bus to enjoy a Great Divorce holiday in Heaven, and one by one they realize they prefer living in that other place. The choice is theirs. They are welcome to stay, but … Continue reading

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St Maximus the Confessor, Hell, and the Final Consummation

by Pastor Thomas Belt “God has put all things under his [Christ’s] feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under him,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him. When all … Continue reading

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May We Only Wish for the Salvation of All?

I have received several emails and text messages from fellow Orthodox Christians who share the universalist hope but who are now asking themselves whether they can, or even may, remain in the Orthodox Church. Over the past year, several parish … Continue reading

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