Tag Archives: Origen

St Augustine of Hippo and the Misericordes

Over the past decade I have noticed—and perhaps you have too—that most Christians who have thought about matters eschatological believe that Origen of Alexandria concocted out of the blue the doctrine of universal salvation. But in truth the greater hope … Continue reading

Posted in Eschatology | Tagged , , , , , , | 36 Comments

Roland, Rebirth, and Resurrection: A Comparative Eschatology of Paramahansa Yogananda and Origen of Alexandria

by David Armstrong The last century has seen a lot of great scholarship on a variety of interrelated topics in biblical studies, with some helpful new starting points for doing critical work on Jewish and Christian antiquity. On the one … Continue reading

Posted in Eschatology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

The Annihilation of Israel

Ezekiel 21 “The word of the Lord came to me,” declares the prophet Ezekiel: “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanc­tuaries; prophesy against the land of Israel and say to the land of Israel, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Robert Jenson | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn Universal Salvation?

When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics imme­diately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 553), citing the famous fifteen anti-Origenist anathemas: “Apokatastasis has been dogmatically defined by the Church as heresy—see canon … Continue reading

Posted in Byzantine theology, Eschatology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Apocatastasis: The Heresy That Never Was

This article has now been superseded by my article “Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn Universal Salvation?“ When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics imme­diately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 553), … Continue reading

Posted in Eschatology | Tagged , , , , , , | 27 Comments

‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn’: St. Gregory of Nyssa and the Allegorical Sense of Scripture

by George Repper The question of God’s providence and evil is one that tends to crop up every now and again. For me at least, the question over whether God’s providence is the direct cause of evil or not is … Continue reading

Posted in Gregory of Nyssa | Tagged , , , , , , | 31 Comments

Dionysian Ponderings: To let be or not let be–that is the question

Did the Lord God Almighty have to create the world? This is the question I now wish to pose to St Dionysius the Areopagite. It is a pressing question for Christian students of the Areopagite because he is so deeply … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Dionysius the Areopagite | Tagged , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

Apocatastasis: The Heresy That Never Was

This article has now been superseded by my article “Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn Universal Salvation?“ When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics imme­diately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 553), … Continue reading

Posted in Eschatology | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments