Resources on Christian Universalism(s)

The sad thing about the controversy surrounding Rob Bell’s book is the relative ignorance over the already available and theologically articulate books on Christian universalisms (as, I should emphasize, there are many versions of them). I guess this is a classic case of popularity wins. But hopefully now people will pay more attention to these less popular books for what they worth.

1. Von Balthasar, Hans Urs. Dare We Hope That All Men Be Saved? With a Short Discourse on Hell. San Fransisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1988.

2. MacDonald, Gregory. The Evangelical Universalist: The Biblical Hope that God’s Love Will Save Us All. Eugene, OR: Wifp & Stock, 2006.

3. MacDonald, Gregory (ed.). “All Shall Be Well”: Explorations in Universal Salvation and Christian Theology, From Origen To Moltmann. Eugene, OR: Wifp & Stock, 2010.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: Between Heresy and Dogma

I. Third to Fifteenth Centuries

2. Apokatastasis: Particularist Universalism in Origen (c.185-c.254)

3. The Subjection of All Things in Christ: The Christocentric Universalism of Gregory of Nyssa (331/340-c.395)

4. Sin Has Its Place, but All Shall Be Well: The Universalism of Hope in Julian of Norwich (c.1342-c.1416)

II. Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries

5. Love is All and God is Love: Universalism in Peter Sterry (1613-1672) and Jeremiah White (1630-1707)

6. Union with Christ: The Calvinist Universalism of James Relly (1722-1778)

7. Between Calvinism and Arminianism: The Evangelical Universalism of Elhanan Winchester (1751-1797)

8. Salvation-in-Community: The Tentative Universalism of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834)

9. Postmortem Education: Universal Salvation in Thomas Erskine (1788-1870)

10. The Just Mercy of God: Universal Salvation in George MacDonald (1824-1905)

III. Twentieth to Twenty-First Century

11. The Final Sanity Is Complete Sanctity: Universal Holiness in the Soteriology of P.T. Forsyth (1848-1921)

12. The Judgment of Love: The Ontological Universalism of Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944)

13. I Do Teach It, but I also Do Not Teach It: The Universalism of Karl Barth (1886-1968)

14. The Totality of Condemnation Fell on Christ: Universal Salvation in Jacques Ellul (1912-1994)

15. In the End, God . . . : The Christian Universalism of J. A. T. Robinson (1919-1983)

16. Christ’s Descent into Hell: The Hopeful Universalism of Hans Uns von Balthasar (1905-1988)

17. Hell and the God of Love: Universalism in the Philosophy of John Hick (1922-)

18. The Annihilation of Hell and the Perfection of Freedom: Universal Salvation in the Theology of Jurgen Moltmann (1926-)


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