DBH and the necessity of universalism

As happens with many of us who begin to see the rationale behind universalism, David Bentley Hart has lately been introducing apokatastatis into more big picture discussions of Christian doctrine. For instance, yesterday at the Creation Out of Nothing: Origins and Contemporary Significance conference at Notre Dame, Hart gave a talk that began with creation ex nihilo particularly in regard to the problem of evil, […]

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

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

A video chat with “Hellbound?” director Kevin Miller

This week on the [ad hoc] Christianity Podcast we were privileged to chat with filmmaker Kevin Miller about his movie “Hellbound?”, which questions eternal hell.

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Mondays with MacDonald (on the Christian response to hell)

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.” “Love your enemies, and ye shall be the children of the highest.” It is the divine glory to forgive. Yet a time will come when the Unchangeable will cease to forgive; when it will no more belong to his perfection to […]

Monday, July 23rd, 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

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, cheat […]

Thursday, July 7th, 2011