Tag Archives: universalism

Why I might still believe in hell (sort of)

Or to give it a more accurate but less snappy title, Why I might still very reluctantly just about believe in some qualified form of what we might call ‘hell’, though nothing like the traditional fiery version. Recently I talked … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t God just save everyone? II: Arminianism and Universalism

So last time I was looking at the Calvinist idea that God could sovereignly choose to save or redeem everyone, but doesn’t, for whatever mysterious reason. I said that though this view has some scriptural backing, there are other Bible passages … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t God just save everyone? (or does he?)

I talked last time about why I’d stopped trying so hard to ‘save’ everyone, or to impart to them a particular version of the gospel message about Jesus saving them from their sins. These next 2 posts follow on from this, but … Continue reading

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Christianity and inclusivism – do all paths lead to God?

A friend of mine has a saying, ‘There are many mountains in the Himalayas and all of them point to God’. In my more evangelical days, this just used to annoy me and I wanted to respond ‘yes, but none … Continue reading

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Hope in Hell (is hell eternal, hopeless and punitive?)

I’m sure you’ve all seen those amusing cuttings from church bulletins, like ‘What is Hell like? Come and hear our new organ’. One thing I’m fairly sure hell isn’t like is the classic view held by most evangelicals (and many others). … Continue reading

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Rob Bell – Love Wins

Rob Bell was never a darling of the Ultra-Cons, but with Love Wins he’s fallen over the edge of their abyss, never to return. In this book Bell dares to explore and question the received biblical teaching on hell, what it might be and who might (and might not) go there, and to come up with some rather different ideas from the standard evangelical view. He also dares to question the received wisdom on how people get ‘saved’ and what this means anyway. Continue reading

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Jürgen Moltmann and universalism

And finally… notes from the fourth and last talk at the one-day Spurgeon’s conference on universalism, given by Spurgeon’s principal Nigel Wright: German Protestant theologian Jürgen Moltmann (born 1926) is a clear universalist. In his 1996 book The Coming of … Continue reading

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P.T. Forsyth and Thomas Torrance in relation to universal salvation

These are my notes on Graham Watts’s talk at the recent Spurgeon’s conference: In chapter 7 of The Evangelical Universalist, Robin Parry says that universalism offers greater theological coherence than the alternatives. This talk offers a challenge to that view. … Continue reading

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Can Evangelicals be Universalists? (Derek Tidball)

Returning to universalism after a short break… the title of this post was that of Derek Tidball’s response to Robin Parry at last month’s Spurgeon’s conference. Derek was responding to Robin’s book rather than to his presentation. What follows is my … Continue reading

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