Theotokos and the Beatles

    When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom “Let it be” And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom “Let it be” – Paul McCartney, The Beatles  – “Let It Be” *Note: For the […]

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Platonic Madness – Heaven’s Gift

Kay Redfield Jamison quotes Plato in her book Touched With Fire that explores Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament: Madness, provided it comes as the gift of heaven, is the channel by which we receive the greatest blessings… the men of old who gave things their names saw no disgrace or reproach in madness; otherwise […]

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The Fathers through Protestant Eyes

I offer a brief note as I continue to interact with the Church Fathers to grasp not only the doctrine of Universalism, but also to understand the contours of Christian theology as it developed in the early church. I am not a theologian, so my remarks are tentative. But, one thing I am noticing (though […]

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The Evangelical Calvinist on The Hope of Apocalyptic Theology

  The Evangelical Calvinist:  The Hope of Apocalyptic Theology Bobby Grow’s excellent blog, The Evangelical Calvinist is an invaluable resource for me as reader of theology. His discussion of the eschatological and apocalyptic horizons of the theological enterprise, and biblical interpretation in this post are well worth the read. What seems to be at stake in […]

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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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Apocatastasis: The Heresy that Never Was

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics immediately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (553), citing the fifteen anti-Origenist anathemas: “Apokatastasis has been dogmatically defined by the Church as heresy—see canon 1 … case closed.” Over the past two centuries, however, historians have…

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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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