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Doomed, Doomed . . . Doomed to Happiness

David Bentley Hart controversially asserts that human beings are doomed to everlasting happiness—yet should the claim be controversial? Christianity has long taught that the human being, created by the divine Word in the image of the Word, exists in dynamic orientation … Continue reading

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The World is a Novel in the Mind of God

Can God determine our actions? One need not think more than a second or two. Of course he can, we answer. If CIA brainwashers and television advertising can cause us to act in specific ways, then the Creator of the … Continue reading

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Apprehending Apokatastasis: The Necessary Choosing of the Good

Every human being is divinely ordered to God under the aspects of the transcendentals of being—the Truth, the Good, and the Beautiful. We hunger and thirst for union with him, for only in him can we enjoy supreme and overflowing … 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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Suffering, Theodicy, and Apocatastasis

“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. Hart compares the orthodox Christian … Continue reading

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God Makes Us Freely Acting

This article has been revised and republished under the title “Breaking the Cords of Fate”(8 November 2021) “We seem almost compelled,” remarks Hugh McCann, “to think there is some competition here: that when it comes to free will there is … Continue reading

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The World is a Novel in the Mind of God

This article has been substantially revised and republished under the same title (29 October 2021) Can God determine our actions? One need not think more than a second or two. Of course he can, we answer. If CIA brainwashers and … Continue reading

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Freedom and Determinism: What’s the Difference?

Free agency, states Hugh McCann, exhibits three essential features. First, free actions cannot be “the product of independent event-causal condi­tions. An autonomous agent has to be a center of novelty—a point from which, to the extent he influences it, the … Continue reading

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