Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans. Translated from the 6th edition by Edwyn C. Hoskyns, Bart., M.A. with a preface to the English edition by the author (1933). “The Church hopes. Well, this is the hope of the Church. There is no other hope. Would that the Church might comprehend it!”
Blumhardt’s dialectical point is that only when we are ready to wait for the coming Kingdom of God are we truly able to act in the world here and now. Our religious practices and affiliations do not bring the Kingdom of God a bit closer: A comfortable Christianity will never change the world, says Blumhardt. Instead we must await the Kingdom in “active expectation”.
In his important work, The Crucified God (first released in German in 1972 as Der gekreuzigte Gott. Das Kreuz Christi als Grund und Kritik christlicher Theologie), Moltmann established the crucified Christ as the criterion of all Christian theology: “Whatever can stand before the face of the crucified Christ is true Christian theology. What cannot stand there must disappear.”
Jacques Ellul, The Judgment of Jonah (Wipf & Stock 2011) “What is really intimated is the adventure of Jesus. What happens to Jonah happens to Jesus. For Jesus took on him the fulness of man.”
Jeff Martin, wrote the book “Optimism Out of Control.” Like many he has defended Universal Restoration with Biblical arguments concerning 1) God’s free will to save mankind, 2) mankind’s lack of free will to save ourselves, 3) the meaning of “aion”, 4) the temporal nature of afterlife punishment, 5) and Christ’s atonement of all mankind … Continue reading Jeff Martin: Optimism Out of Control: A clarification of the gospel of Jesus Christ
New book by George W. Sarris, author, speaker and performer.
“For the first 500 years after Christ, most Christians believed that God would ultimately redeem all of his creation. Hell was real, but it had a positive purpose, and it didn’t last forever.”
In this book Roman Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar defended what is sometimes called hopeful universalism, i.e. the belief that Christian orthodoxy allows us to hope that all persons will eventually be saved. Balthasar does not teach universal restoration as a dogmatic necessity, but defends what may be termed a conditional, but hopeful universalism: … Continue reading Hans Urs von Balthasar: Dare We Hope That All Men Be Saved? With a Short Discourse on Hell
“Christian universalism has been explored in its biblical, philosophical, and historical dimensions. For the first time, The God Who Saves explores it in systematic theological perspective. In doing so it also offers a fresh take on universal salvation, one that is postmetaphysical, existential, and hermeneutically critical. The result is a constructive account of soteriology that … Continue reading David Congdon: The God Who Saves – A Dogmatic Sketch
“Is a doctrine of everlasting punishment in hell consistent with God’s perfect love and perfect justice? And what implications does this traditional doctrine carry for the nature of divine grace and mercy. In Hell in a Nutshell Charles Watson, Sr., argues that we should not allow a received doctrine, such as the doctrine of hell, … Continue reading Charles Watson Sr.: Hell In a Nutshell: The Mystery of His Will
Thomas Allin: “Christ Triumphant – or Universalism Asserted as the Hope of the Gospel on the Authority of Reason, the Fathers, and Holy Scripture” In 1885 the Irish Anglican priest Thomas Allin (1838-1909) published his now classic “Christ Triumphant – or Universalism Asserted as the Hope of the Gospel on the Authority of Reason, the … Continue reading New edition of Thomas Allin’s Christ Triumphant
“We need to recognize that God integrates both mercy and judgment. This factor is a crucial piece of the puzzle helping us to better understand God‘s plan for all” – Gerry Beauchemin
In this extensive work of scholarly literature Dr. Ilaria Ramelli goes into detail with the classical doctrine of universal restitution (apokatastasis) as it is found from the New Testament until the middle ages.
The words translated “eternal”, “eternity” or “forever” in traditional Bible translations do not, in fact, mean eternity or eternal in the sense of endless duration, but “age” or “age-enduring”.
“Through a very intentional plan that reaches into future ages, I believe the true Gospel is that all people for all time will be willingly and joyfully drawn by the unconditional, irresistible, compelling love of a Father into a relationship with Him through His Son.”–Julie Ferwerda
Jürgen Moltmann (1926-) is a German Reformed theologian and Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen. In his book The Coming of God Moltmann deals extensively with Christian eschatology. “True hope must be universal, because its healing future embraces every individual and the whole universe. If we were to surrender hope for as much as one single creature, for us God would not be God.” – Jürgen Moltmann
“Popularly known as the No-Hellers, this small Baptist sub-denomination rejects the notion of an angry God bent on punishment and retribution and instead embraces the concept of a happy God who consigns no one to eternal damnation. This book is the first in-depth study of the PBUs and their beliefs.”
“He will use the surgeon’s knife when He sees a tumor of self-will or a deadly virus of carnality sapping our spiritual lives, or when He sees the cancerous growth of sin. He does not hesitate to deal with us severely. We must learn this fact early: He loves us just as much when He … Continue reading J. Preston Eby: The Two Hands of God
“Salvation is not achieved through a general principle or rule; it is achieved through the very particularity of the Son in whom all humanity is saved.” – Tom Greggs (Lecturer in Christian Theology, University of Chester). From the book description: This book explores the dynamics of the Spirit and Son in the economy of salvation. … Continue reading Tom Greggs: Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich. In this anthology edited by Gregory MacDonald, a variety of scholars present historical examples of the Christian belief in universal salvation.
Eschatology in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa and Karl Rahner From the book description: “For nearly two thousand years Paul’s suggestion at the end of 1 Corinthians 15 that God will be ‘all in all’ has appealed to those who hold a ‘wider hope’ that eventually no person will be lost from God’s love. … Continue reading Morwenna Ludlow: Universal Salvation
“Of course God, who imprisoned all in unbelief, will have mercy on all. Of course God, who killed all in Adam, will make all alive in Christ. Of course God, who condemned all in Adam, will justify all in Christ. Of course God, who subjected all to vanity, will set all free.” (Stephen Campana, The Calvinist Universalist ch. 1).
“I believe hell is very real, yet I also believe that a God who is love is also real, and that this God gets the last word.” – Heath Bradley in Flames of Love (2012) From the book description: “Christian universalists believe that ultimately God will reconcile all people through Jesus Christ. While a minority … Continue reading Heath Bradley: Flames of Love – Hell and Universal Salvation
By David Burnfield (Universal Publishers 2013) From the book description at amazon.com: “From the earliest days of the church, there have been three views on what happens to those who die without knowing Christ: damnation, annihilation, and restoration. Patristic Universalism presents scriptural, philosophical, and historical support for the restoration view and demonstrates why it was … Continue reading David Burnfield: Patristic Universalism – An Alternative to the Traditional View of Divine Judgment
“Salvation is not a question of “turn or burn.” We’re burning already, but we don’t have to be! Redemption! The life and death of Christ showed us how far God would go to extend forgiveness and invitation. His resurrection marked the death of death and the evacuation of Hades. My hope is in Christ, who rightfully earned his judgment seat and whose verdict is restorative justice, that is to say, mercy.” – Brad Jersak
“Can an orthodox Christian, committed to the historic faith of the church and the authority of the Bible, be a universalist?” This is just one of many questions dealt with in Gregory MacDonald’s book. Gregory MacDonald enters into discussion with a wide range of topics and theologians from contemporary American Evangelicalism. From the introduction to … Continue reading Gregory Macdonald: The Evangelical Universalist
“The real mystery is why so many have failed to appreciate the universalism of the New Testament and why so many have tried to explain it away. Paul, for example, speaks eloquently of the triumph of God’s sovereign love; again and again, we find in his letters explicit statements to the effect that God will … Continue reading Thomas Talbott: The Inescapable Love of God