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The Infernal Quarantine of Love

I am the way into the city of woe, I am the way into eternal pain, I am the way to go among the lost. Justice caused my high architect to move: Divine omnipotence created me, The highest wisdom, and … Continue reading

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How Hot is Hellfire? The Retributive and Choice Models of Hell

For almost two millennia, especially in the Western Churches, everlasting damnation has been understood and justified as an expression of retributive punishment: God justly con­demns the reprobate because of their sins. The 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia, in its entry “Hell” authored … Continue reading

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Do Universalists Dream of Eclectic Hells?

The emergence of hopeful universalism in the 20th century is a fascinating phenomenon. Whereas universalists in the past have forthrightly affirmed the proposition that God will, necessarily and indubitably, reconcile all sinners to himself within the Trinitarian life of his … Continue reading

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The Inescapable Love of God: Hell Lite

I think it is is accurate to say that over the past 100 years the free-will theodicy has become the go-to defense of the doctrine of hell. Its popularity crosses ecclesial boundaries. Even Baptists (maybe not many but some) can … Continue reading

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The Inescapable Love of God: The Aiónion Punishment of Gehenna

But what about hell? This is the question we all want answered. Did not Jesus and his Apostles explicitly warn us of the dire consequences of disbelief and impenitence? Did they not plainly teach that those who reject the divine … Continue reading

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The Inescapable Love of God

I read The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbott in 2011. I do not recall who directed me to this book. All I know is that I read it cover to cover and found it com­pel­ling. At the time I … Continue reading

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St Augustine on the ‘Last Things’ and Human Destiny: Is Eschatological Universalism Possible?

by Fr. Robert Deinhammer, S.J. In this essay, I am going to outline some basic aspects of Augustinian eschatology and identify its problems. What is the ultimate destiny of the human race according to St. Augustine? Was Augustine right in … Continue reading

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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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