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Preaching Good Good Very Good News: St Isaac the Syrian and Universal Salvation

How do we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as good news that liberates and trans­forms? How do we tell the narrative of the Savior in such a way that the kingdom of God is made present?  These are 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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The Scandalous Prodigality of God’s Love for Sinners!

“It is very odd,” remarks Herbert McCabe, “that people should think that when we do good God will reward us and when we do evil he will punish us” (“Forgiveness,” Faith Within Reason, p. 155). It’s not surprising, of course, … 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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St Isaac the Syrian and the Triumphant Love of God

How do we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as good news that liberates and transforms? How do we tell the narrative of the Savior in such a way that the kingdom of God is made present?  These are the … Continue reading

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All shall be well … but how well is well?

[This article has been significantly revised and expanded. For the updated version, CLICK HERE] Does Julian of Norwich advocate the salvation of every human being? The question haunts readers of her Showings. That it does so is curious. Julian repeatedly qualifies … Continue reading

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Hell as Universal Purgatory

“A human being cannot fail to love the Christ who is revealed in him, and he cannot fail to love himself revealed in Christ” (The Bride of the Lamb, p. 459). This striking statement represents, perhaps, the most provocative claim … Continue reading

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Herbert McCabe, Robert Farrar Capon, and the Mystery of Divine Love

“It is very odd,” writes Fr Herbert McCabe, “that people should think that when we do good God will reward us and when we do evil he will punish us” (Faith Within Reason, p. 155). It’s not surprising, of course, … Continue reading

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