Archive for the 'Soteriology' Category

Roger Olson and David Bentley Hart on universalism

A few months ago I responded to a post concerning universalism on Roger Olson’s blog. What I want to focus on is not the post itself but a discussion in the comments section of the post (N.B. for clarification I have made a couple minor edits of my own comments below without always noting them. The originals […]

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The righteousness from God, apart from the Law

Jesus’ holiness is not imputed to us from without; it must be cultivated from within.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Christian universalist Robin Parry on Beyond the Box

One of my favorite podcasts, Beyond the Box, just published an interview with interview with Robin Parry on the subject of the Christian universalism movement of today. Also known under his pseudonym Gregory MacDonald, Parry (blog) was a key figure in bringing a distinctively Christian, non-pluralistic version of the belief that all souls would eventually be reconciled to God […]

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The free will defense against universalism

One of the most common rationales for rejecting a belief in universal reconciliation or Christian universalism is what might be called the free will defense against universalism. We are told by Arminians and other non-Calvinists, including recently Roger Olson, that for God to force salvation down our throats would be a violation of human freedom.  He […]

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Is righteousness underrated by liberal Christians?

I mentioned in passing in “Sinners in the hands of an ___ God” that I think universalism has the tendency to overshoot our focus in terms of practical Christian living (Richard Beck agrees). Although I doubt that it does this significantly more than most preoccupations with the hereafter, I do want to suggest that one particular […]

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

God’s Awful Mistake

I’ve recently had the chance to introduce my children to a book I loved as a kid: it’s called Henry’s Awful Mistake, by Robert Quackenbush. Here’s how it begins: “The day Henry the Duck asked his friend Clara over for supper, he found an ant in the kitchen. The ant would have to go. Henry […]

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Sinners in the hands of a ____ God

In the next few posts, I’ll be discussing my views on sin and God’s reaction to it. But first it’s necessary to define it. When we talk about sin, what do we mean? Can “sin” be defined as a mistake or error in judgment? That is what politicians admit to when they perpetrate white-collar crimes, […]

Thursday, July 7th, 2011