Sketches for a Wasted Youth

  Introduction   It might be narcissistically indulgent to provide an introduction for my own work, but I ask the reader to bear with me. Usually, I don’t try to offer much commentary on my poetry. However, Sketches for a Wasted Youth represents a certain crossroads for me as a Christian of the mystical persuasion […]

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On the Beginning of the City of God

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. Psalm 46: 4-5 To understand the foundation of the city of […]

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Ramelli on Universalism

Ilaria Ramelli is a superb scholar, and if you are at all inclined to look into the subject of Christian Universalism, she would be among the first I would recommend consulting. Her most recent volume, A Larger Hope?, Volume 1: Universal Salvation from Christian Beginnings to Julian of Norwich is a highly accessable summary of her […]

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In Defense of Origen and Christian Universalism

“When people dismiss early Christian universalism as an aberration in Christian theology, dreamed up by Origen in the third century under the influence of paganism and later discerned to be heretical they err on several counts. First, they fail to appreciate that Origen’s theology of apokatastasis was primarily a synthesis of much earlier Christian ideas, […]

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A Brief Meditation on Revelation 14:11

“And the smoke of their torment rises for ages of ages” – Revelation of John 14:11; The New Testament: A Translation, David Bentley Hart The smoke of the torment of the damned is the incense of their righteousness. So this smoke will ascend to the presence of God forever and ever; so, that this offering […]

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Jason Micheli Answers a Common Evangelical Objection to Universalism

For those of us, myself included who retain ties to evangelicalism in some way (I would say I am evangelicalish of a small c- catholic variety), have to overcome some serious obstacles to embrace an orthodox understanding of Christian Universalism. Micheli, a Methodist minister, and host of the excellent podcast Crackers and Grape Juice, where […]

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Meeting the Consuming Fire of God

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
It is a fantastic fantasy, I know. Family and friends will confirm that I often entertain fantastic, even ridiculous, fantasies. Yet nontheless I dream: if every Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant pastor were to read the Unspoken Sermons of George MacDonald, the Church of Jesus Christ would experience an extraordinary revival in…

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A Reformed Case for Universalism

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
by Jedidiah Paschall I am neither a scholar nor the son of a scholar. In truth, I am a son of a plumber, a Bible College dropout typically content to work away at fiction and poetry. This is not to say that I have not studied these matters carefully or…

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David Bentley Hart on Universalism and Persons

Whenever a David Bentley Hart lecture hits youtube, it generates a certain amount of buzz among his fans, of which I am one. This is his most recent lecture on universalism and it is quite good, as he ties the argument for universalism to what it means to be a person (hint, ‘no man is […]

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New Blogger on Christian Universalism

I ran across a blog post today from a relatively new blogger, Brian McHenry (or at least the blog he is currently authoring is new). Anyhow, Brian had some very insightful observations on the Lake of Fire verses in Revelation. I thought that I’d pass along his post: The Pond of Fire You can read […]

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