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White Walkers, Toll-Houses, and the Hermeneutic of Pascha

When I first heard about the aerial toll-houses, I dismissed them as the stuff of folklore, tales told by Old Nan to children when the winter days are short and the nights are long and cold. As terrifying as the … Continue reading

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Jerry Walls: Repenting of Hell

Western Christians have long believed that the fate of the individual soul is sealed at death. Roman Catholics point to 2nd millennium dogmatic statements that assert, or at least imply, the irreversibility of the particular judgment (see the Catholic Encyclopedia). … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: The Impersonality of Catholic Purgatory

Dumitru Staniloae presents the traditional Orthodox vision of hell and eternal damnation so forthrightly that it takes one’s breath away. He remorselessly pursues the gift of freedom to its logical end. The Son of God welcomes all sinners in love … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: Damnation and the Phantasmagoric Effervescence of Passion

It is a terrifying vision. Death arrives. The soul is sundered from the body. The sinner begins the climb up the ladder of judgment to hear the eschatological decision of Christ. Angels stand on the upper right, demons on the … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: Judgment of man by Man

The mystery of paradise and hell is the mystery of freedom. Orthodoxy Christianity, explains Dumitru Staniloae, views the Last Things through the prism of communion, and “because disposition toward communion is a matter of freedom, the question of paradise and … Continue reading

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Sergius Bulgakov: The Active Passivity of the Afterlife

If the eschatological vision of St Isaac of Nineveh is to be fulfilled, then it must be possible for those who die outside of Christ Jesus to subsequently repent of their sins and turn to God in faith. I invite … Continue reading

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