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By Gregory MacDonald

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Universalism runs like a narrow thread during the heritage of Christian theology. Over the centuries Christian universalism, in a single shape or one other, has been reinvented time and time back. during this ebook a global workforce of students discover the various universalisms of Christian thinkers from the Origen to Moltmann. within the creation Gregory MacDonald argues that theologies of common salvation occupy an area among heresy and dogma. The experiences during this assortment target, within the first example, to listen to, comprehend, and clarify the eschatological claims of a variety of Christians from the 3rd to the twenty-first centuries. additionally they supply a few optimistic, severe engagement with these claims

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We should be careful to note that this position is not uniformly articulated in Origen’s writing. For a contrasting perspective in Origen, see CommJoh. 60, 109). , De Princ. 5. 17. Crouzel, Origen, 95. Layton, on the other hand, argues that even negative and sinful actions can be seen as rational, as in the case of Judas (Layton, “Judas Yields a Place to the Devil,” 534). 18. De Princ. 18. 33 34 “All Shall Be Well” merely reserved for those who recognize God’s work of salvation, but it is a participation in which all things take a part.

But even here some would see the fire as purgative suffering, while others would see it as more “educative” suffering that has no salvific power in itself, but instead exposes the reality of sin and leads people towards divine grace. The idea that suffering in 19 20 “All Shall Be Well” hell is a mode of divine education, motivated by love, was especially prominent amongst nineteenth century universalists. Some would see retribution as part of the reason for the punishment, while others would deny retribution any role.

Daley, The Hope of the Early Church, 58. We can note here a distinction between Origen’s version of universal salvation and that of Gregory of Nyssa; see Ludlow, Universal Salvation, 258. This is not, however, to deny the transformative nature of restoration for Origen; see John Behr, The Formation of Christian Theology I, 172. 26 However, this punishment is not absolute,27 but is instead intended to reform the soul:28 punishment is a mechanism of salvation, rather than the determination of condemnation.

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