October 25, 2020

Adding a dimension

I was asked again this week: what will our life look like after death? I had just explained (again) to a group of young people that the plan of God is not to take them to heaven, at least as they likely understood the phrase. Rather, it is to bring heaven to earth. To re-create […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (5) — The limited conditions of choice

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 5: The limited conditions of choice David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apotakastasis (4) — The ultimate reconciliation of Esau

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apotakastasis 4: The ultimate reconciliation of Esau David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (3) — What do the scriptures say?

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 3: What do the scriptures say? David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (2) — In the end of all things is their beginning

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 2: In the end of all things is their beginning David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (1) — Introduction

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 1: Introduction David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief that all shall be […]

Rob Grayson reviews “That All Shall Be Saved”

I’ve begun to wade into David Bentley Hart’s strident but powerfully argued book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation. But I’m not ready to write my response yet. I have been reading other reviews, however, and thought I would share one of them today. Rob Grayson has written for us before, […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: On Praying for Everyone (in heaven and hell!)

Fr. Stephen Freeman: On Praying for Everyone (in heaven and hell!) At his fine blog, Glory to God for All Things, Fr. Freeman makes some important remarks to those of us who are of Protestant or Catholic faith on matters related to the afterlife. The topics of heaven, hell, purgatory, hades, life-after-death, the judgment, etc., […]

A Confusion of Place and Time

The essential mistake in most Christian eschatology, as it is presented and understood, especially in popular, grassroots Christianity, involves a confusion of place and time. To most Christians, the most vital issue is what happens to us after we die. And the most crucial question about the afterlife is where will we go? Common answers […]

Another Look: Our Terrestrial Hope

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done: Jesus Who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heav’n be one. • Malt­bie D. Bab­cock The world into which we shall […]