In this new volume Robin A. Parry (with Dr. Ilaria Ramelli) explores soteriological universalism in its great theological diversity from the reformation until the 19th century. The book presents a great number of theologians and church men/women. As such it is a good place to start for gaining an overview of the roots of modern Christian Universalism.
“Parry (and Ramelli) are to be commended–or, really, praised–for having brought this project to completion with such scrupulous care and comprehensiveness. Taken in its totality, it is a work that reminds us how large and venerable the Christian universalist tradition is, how intellectually and spiritually rich, and how deeply biblically informed. This is an indispensable text.”
–David Bentley Hart, Affiliate of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
“Robin Parry’s work on universalism is well known and widely admired. In this volume, he tracks the doctrine in the work of a number of key thinkers from the Reformation to the nineteenth century. For those concerned to think carefully and thoroughly about this vital issue, his series of theological explorations will provide guidance on how the doctrine has developed and changed in modern thought, as well as theological grist for the conceptual mill. Along the way he corrects various misrepresentations that have grown up in the recent debates about universalism, and provides fascinating insight into some important but largely forgotten thinkers. Written in Parry’s engaging style, this is a work that scholars and students of Christian eschatology will want to consult.”
–Oliver Crisp, Professor of Analytic Theology, University of St. Andrews
“This theological history of universalism from the early modern to the modern period is scholarly, nuanced, careful, and encyclopedic in scope. Uncovering the quiet stream of universalism throughout the period, A Larger Hope? reminds the theological community of the varieties and forms of universalism that have always been present in theological reasoning.”
–Tom Greggs, Marischal (1616) Chair and Head of Divinity, University of Aberdeen