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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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The Caponian Vision of (Almost) Apokatastasis

Having completed my series on the parables of Jesus as interpreted by Robert Farrar Capon, I’d like to bring into the discussion his soteriological reflections as presented in his books The Mystery of Christ, published in 1993, and Between Noon … Continue reading

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Last Judgment, Hell, and the Spear Wound of Christ

The Parable of the Last (Final, Great) Judgment—“No one who has heard this parable even once,” Robert Capon remarks, “ever forgets it” (Kingdom, Grace, Judgment, p. 504). It also poses the greatest challenge to Capon’s position on justification by faith … Continue reading

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Taking the Bus to Hell

One by one the lost souls step off the bus to enjoy a Great Divorce holiday in Heaven . . . and one by one they decide to take the bus back to the other place. The choice is theirs. … Continue reading

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God-damnation or Self-damnation?

“I am not going to try to prove the doctrine [of hell] tolerable,” writes C. S. Lewis in his book The Problem of Pain. “Let us make no mistake; it is not tolerable. But I think the doctrine can be … Continue reading

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The Hermeneutics of Perdition: When Hell Trumps Gospel

In his article “Christian Universalism: Will Everyone Finally Be Saved?” Fr Lawrence Farley invites us to examine Scripture closely, in the confidence that if we do so, we will see that the hope of final reconciliation is false—so perspicuous is … Continue reading

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