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"He has changed sunset into sunrise, and through the cross brought death to life"

“He has changed sunset into sunrise, and through the cross brought death to life”

Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-215 AD) Hail, O light! For in us, buried in darkness, shut up in the shadow of death, light has shone forth from heaven, purer than the sun, sweeter than life here below. That light is eternal life; and whatever partakes of it lives. But night fears the light, and hiding itself in terror, gives place to the day of the Lord. Sleepless light is now over all, and the west has given credence to the ...
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Origen on the end of the world (First Principles 3,6,1-9)

Origen on the end of the world (First Principles 3,6,1-9)

Tr. Frederick Crombie. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 4. (1885) 1. Now, respecting the end of the world and the consummation of all things, we have stated in the preceding pages, to the best of our ability, so far as the authority of holy Scripture enabled us, what we deem sufficient for purposes of instruction; and we shall here only add a few admonitory remarks, since the order of investigation has brought us back to the subject. The highest good, then, ...
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"Once saved, always saved" according to Origen

“Once saved, always saved” according to Origen

Greater than free will is love, because love is greater than all things. Love, says Origen, will keep every creature from falling away from God. In other words, not even the freedom of choice will be able to sever the bonds of love in the end. We are not saved against our will, but through the power of love ...
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"A harmony of thanksgiving will arise from all creation" Gregory of Nyssa on the salvation of all creation

“A harmony of thanksgiving will arise from all creation” Gregory of Nyssa on the salvation of all creation

Excerpt from Gregory of Nyssa’s Great Catechism (II,25-26): That Deity should be born in our nature, ought not reasonably to present any strangeness to the minds of those who do ...
The Paschal homily of John Chrysostomos

The Paschal homily of John Chrysostomos

Let none lament his poverty; for the universal Kingdom is revealed. Let none bewail his transgressions; for the light of forgiveness has risen from the tomb. Let none fear death; ...
Peter Hiett interviews David Bentley Hart

Peter Hiett interviews David Bentley Hart

Peter Hiett interviews Orthodox theologian and philosopher, David Bentley Hart, on his new book That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation ...
David Bentley Hart: That All Shall be Saved

David Bentley Hart: That All Shall be Saved

Orthodox theologian and philosopher David Bentley Hart's book on universal salvation is arguably the most talked-about book on the subject for years. For anyone interested in the topic, this is ...
James Relly: The Great Salvation Contemplated

James Relly: The Great Salvation Contemplated

James Relly (1722–1778) was a Welshman, Methodist minister and Universalist theologian. Relly's theology is among the most radical examples of Christian universalism ...
Did God forsake Christ? Timothy Keller's (supposedly) trinitarian heterodoxy and a Patristic alternative

Did God forsake Christ? Timothy Keller’s (supposedly) trinitarian heterodoxy and a Patristic alternative

Gregory of Nazianzen represents a viable alternative to the allegedly heterodox notion of the atonement represented by reformed theologians such as Keller. The Father did not forsake Christ, but Christ ...
Pierre Cuppe: Heaven Open to All Men (1743)

Pierre Cuppe: Heaven Open to All Men (1743)

Central to Cuppe's argument is the distinction between the "earthly man", Adam, and "the heavenly man", Christ. Both represent humanity in its entirety. Antichrist is nothing but humanity considered in ...
Ilaria Ramelli: A Larger Hope? Universal Salvation from Christian Beginnings to Julian of Norwich

Ilaria Ramelli: A Larger Hope? Universal Salvation from Christian Beginnings to Julian of Norwich

Ramelli traces the Christian roots of Origen’s teaching on apokatastasis. She argues that he was drawing on texts from Scripture and from various Christians who preceded him, theologians such as ...