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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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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David Bentley Hart on the Prodigal Gift of Being

  The following is an excerpt from “The Offering of Names”, first entry in Hart’s recently released collection of essays,  The Hidden and the Manafest – Essays in Theology and Metaphysics: Every metaphysics, simply said, that does not grasp (or at least adumbrate) the analogy of being is a tower of Babel, attempting to mount up […]

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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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Celestial Dance

“…there is in all the things of earth a hidden glory waiting to be revealed, more radiant than a million suns…” – David Bentley Hart, The Doors of the Sea   When you peer into the night and look upon those ancient lights that have spanned the void for untold ages to pour into your […]

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To Hell with Them? Part 7

Shall all be well? Will the Goodness which is God’s own nature from which He created all things, and with which all things derive their aboriginal goodness be restored? Or shall there be some space in the vaults of eternity where evil and darkness and privation still persist? To answer this, I will lean heavily […]

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To Hell with Them? Part 5

” – They who will give an account to him who is ready to judge the quick and the dead. Because it was for this that the good tidings were proclaimed to the dead, that though judged in the flesh according to human beings they might live in the spirit according to God.” 1 Peter […]

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To Hell with Them? Part 4

Baptism with Fire and St. Gregory of Nyssa’s On the Resurrection: “…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:13) The fires of hell are a reality that cannot be dismissed in any honest reading of the New Testament. However, as I have stated throughout this series on Universal Salvation, the issue […]

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To Hell with Them? – Part 3

As I continue to work through this series on Christian Universalism, I think it is important to reiterate that the classic doctrine of Universalism (termed in Greek as apokatastasis) as developed by the Church Fathers and later Christians in the broad-stream of orthodoxy (Eastern, Catholic, Protestant) do not deny the existence of hell. Rather, the […]

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