Category Archives: Books

Jeff Martin: Optimism Out of Control: A clarification of the gospel of Jesus Christ

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

Hans Urs von Balthasar: Dare We Hope That All Men Be Saved? With a Short Discourse on Hell

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

David Congdon: The God Who Saves – A Dogmatic Sketch

“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

Charles Watson Sr.: Hell In a Nutshell: The Mystery of His Will

“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

New edition of Thomas Allin’s Christ Triumphant

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

Jürgen Moltmann: The Coming of God

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

Tom Greggs: Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation

“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

Anthology: “All Shall Be Well”

“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.

Morwenna Ludlow: 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

Heath Bradley: Flames of Love – Hell and Universal Salvation

“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

David Burnfield: Patristic Universalism – An Alternative to the Traditional View of Divine Judgment

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

Brad Jersak: Her Gates Will Never Be Shut – Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem

“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

Gregory Macdonald: The Evangelical Universalist

“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