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Divine Presence and the River of Fire

The title of Zachary Manis’s book Sinners in the Presence of a Loving God succinctly summarizes his constructive proposal. He calls it the divine presence model: “the eternal suffering of hell is not the result of any divine act that … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Sinners in the Presence of a Loving God’

Hell will always be a compelling topic for Christian preachers, theologians, philoso­phers, and believers everywhere. Preachers love it, because it dramatically raises the homiletical stakes—congregants are guaranteed to sit up and take notice. Theologians love it, because it provides a … Continue reading

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Penal Substitutionary Atonement and the Living Christ

“The glorification of the Son of God is the glorification of the human race, for the glory of God is the glory of man, and that glory is love!” ~ George MacDonald Good Friday is almost upon us. In three … Continue reading

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How to Subvert Divine Justice and Turn Everybody’s Lives Upside Down

Deep in the Christian heart lies the conviction that the God whom they worship is holy, just, and righteous. He rewards the good and punishes the wicked. “Surely,” someone might remark, “this is the most plausible way to read the … Continue reading

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Kasper and Moloney on the Divine Attributes

Fr Daniel Moloney recently reviewed Walter Cardinal Kasper’s book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life for the March issue of First Things. I have not read this book, and I have to admit that Kasper is not … Continue reading

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Hell: Prison or Nothingness?

If God is absolute, infinite, and unconditional love, how can there be hell? Or as one student asked Jonathan Kvanvig after he had just explained that God wills the good of every person: “But why does God get so angry, … Continue reading

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