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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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Videos from the Hope Conference (Oct. 9-10 2020), Helsinki, Finland

Videos from the Hope Conference (Oct. 9-10 2020), Helsinki, Finland

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Origen on God's "consuming fire"

Origen on God’s “consuming fire”

The Platonic philosopher Celsus had argued against the supposed cruelty of the Christian idea of God as a "consuming fire" that tortures sinners. Origen, eager to defend the goodness of ...
Thomas Allin: A Chain of Passages From Scripture Declaring God's Purpose

Thomas Allin: A Chain of Passages From Scripture Declaring God’s Purpose

These passages are, I repeat, not taken at random and piled up any way. They are the expression of that Purpose that runs though the Bible. It is a Purpose ...
Ignatius on Christ's True Passion (Epistle to the Smyrneans)

Ignatius on Christ’s True Passion (Epistle to the Smyrneans)

Ignatius counters the docetist claim that the sufferings of Christ (the Word) was only apparent, the incarnation being "in appearance only". No, says Ignatius, the Word really did suffer "for ...
Hannah Whitall Smith: Three Censored Chapters of The Unselfishness of God And How I Discovered It

Hannah Whitall Smith: Three Censored Chapters of The Unselfishness of God And How I Discovered It

In her book, Smith explained how she came to embrace the belief in the final restitution of all things. However, the last three chapters (containing the whole point of the ...
John Cassian on free will, grace and the salvation of all

John Cassian on free will, grace and the salvation of all

"Sometimes He delays and hinders our injurious purposes and deadly attempts from having their horrible effects, and, while we are rushing headlong towards death, draws us back to salvation, and ...
"There is bound to be a Christian invasion of hell" Walter Rauschenbusch on eschatology

“There is bound to be a Christian invasion of hell” Walter Rauschenbusch on eschatology

The American theologian and Baptist pastor Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918) is most famous for his notion of the "social gospel". But while emphasizing the partial presence of the Kingdom of God ...
Basil of Caesarea (probably) on Isaiah 9:5ff

Basil of Caesarea (probably) on Isaiah 9:5ff

"For all shall be subjected to Him and all shall recognise His mastery, and when God shall be all in all (1 Cor. 15:28), and those making an uproar by ...