"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 ...
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 God, argued against Celsus that God only punishes in order to correct and save ...
G.K. Chesterton's solemn warning against one-sided hope (and a few thoughts on some alternatives)

G.K. Chesterton’s solemn warning against one-sided hope (and a few thoughts on some alternatives)

The Christian hope for all is always in spite of our very plausible, realistic and as such urgent pessimisms about the destiny of most people in the present. This is why the Christian hope for all is a call to action here and now rather than passivity ...
Is "Origenism" heresy? On the fifth ecumenical council in 553

Is “Origenism” heresy? On the fifth ecumenical council in 553

Origen of Alexandria (184-253) It might come as a surprise to some, that the doctrine of universal restitution or “apokatastasis”, let alone the belief that all human beings will be saved eventually, has never as such been condemned by any of the ancient ecumical church councils. Sometimes, however, it is ...
Tom Greggs: Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation

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: Tom Greggs: Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation: Restoring Particularity (Oxford ...
Anthology: "All Shall Be Well"

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 ...
Origen (184-253 AD): "God will be “all in all”"

Origen (184-253 AD): "God will be “all in all”"

"“Stronger than all the evils in the soul is the Word, and the healing power that dwells in him, and this healing He applies, according to the will of God, to everyman. The consummation of all things is the destruction of evil…" ...