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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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Universal Salvation and Free Will: A Response to Fr James Dominic Rooney

by Jeremiah Carey, Ph.D. Fr. James Dominic Rooney’s recent attack on universalism, and David Bentley Hart’s version of it in particular, contains so many claims and takes a stand on so many contentious fundamental issues in philosophy and theology that … Continue reading

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Love Unmasked: Nietzsche on Eternal Hell

by Christopher Howell, Ph.D. Through me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric mov’d: To rear me was the … Continue reading

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Embracing the Greater Hope: A Bit of Autobiography

Once upon a time, I would have been considered a traditionalist. That was back when I was an Epis­copal priest. In my parishes I was known for my evangel­ical-Lutheran preaching (thank you Robert Jenson) and my firm commitment to Anglican … Continue reading

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Sometimes Eternity Ain’t Forever: Aiónios and the Universalist Hope

Words do not mean. People mean. ~ Alfred Korzybski ~ When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean– neither more nor less. ~ Humpty Dumpty ~ When discussing the question of eschatological punishment, defenders … Continue reading

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At Liberty to Become Free

by Tom Belt, TE (theologian extraordinaire) Many thanks to Fr Adian for the invitation to share my views on the controversial subject of “free will.” I’m grateful for Fr Aidan’s friendship, the encouraging conversations we have, and his kindness in … Continue reading

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The Secret of the Greater Hope

“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee”—perhaps the most famous sentence from one of the most famous prayers in the catholic … Continue reading

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