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Preaching Good Good Very Good News: The Grammar of Apokatastasis

What difference does apokatastasis make to the churchly preaching of the gospel? All the difference in the world—and therefore all the difference to the world. How we understand the conclusion of the gospel story informs how we tell the story … Continue reading

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The Path Upward: Liturgy, Universalism, and George Seferis

by Christopher Howell Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou pluckest me out O Lord Thou pluckest burning ~ T.S. Eliot ~ “When you asked me about hell the other day,” wrote Philip Sherrard in a 1966 letter to the … Continue reading

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Dogma, Damnation, and the Eucatastrophe of the Jesus Story

In both The Orthodox Church and “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Sergius Bulgakov cites eschatology, among others, as a topic of theology open to dogmatic definition, the implica­tion being that standard Orthodox teaching on the last things—including ever­lasting perdi­tion—can only be … Continue reading

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When Only Bad Arguments Are Possible: A Response to Diem (among others)

by David Bentley Hart In my last posting here, I confessed my bafflement at Edward Feser’s strange assertion that, when discussing the structure of rational freedom in That All Shall Be Saved, I do so in order to deny that … Continue reading

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Was St. Maximus Merely a Hopeful Universalist?

by Mark Chenoweth If St Maximus the Confessor read Jordan Daniel Woods’ essay on the differences between Hans Urs von Balthasar’s hopeful universalism and George MacDonald’s fully confident universalism, with which modern theologian would the saint find himself in agreement? … Continue reading

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Apokatastasis and the Radical Vision of Unconditional Divine Love

What is at stake in the universalist/infernalist debate? Perhaps the best way to answer this is to first identify what is not at stake. What is not at stake is the christological foundation of salvation. I wholeheartedly affirm that salvation … Continue reading

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Divine Retribution, Hell, and the Development of Dogma

In A.D. 754 Emperor Constantine convened a counsel of bishops in Hieria to condemn the veneration of icons and prohibit the practice in the catholic Church. It identified itself as the “Holy, Great, and Ecumenical Seventh Synod.” Twenty three years … Continue reading

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Where is Everybody? Apokatastasis, Divine Charity and Human Freedom

by Richard Bernier, Ph.D. In the 2016 remake of the classic film The Magnificent Seven, a motley crew led by Sam Chisholm, played by Denzel Washington, is called upon to rid a town of a bullying tyrant. In an exchange … Continue reading

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