By Gregory MacDonald
Universalism runs like a narrow thread in the course of 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 publication a world crew of students discover the varied 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 objective, within the first example, to listen to, comprehend, and clarify the eschatological claims of a number of Christians from the 3rd to the twenty-first centuries. additionally they supply a few positive, serious engagement with these claims
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CommJoh. 9–11, 22–42. , De Princ. 1 & 4; HomGen. 1; HomEx. 8; CCel. 64ff. For a list of further passages in Origen’s corpus concerning Christ’s epinoiai, see Drewery, Origen and the Doctrine of Grace, 115–17. 38. HomGen. 7. 39. HomEx. 8. ”44 He asserts that each of these titles is found in the biblical corpus, and he looks to what he understands to be figural names of Christ in the Hebrew Bible alongside the titles found in the New Testament. It is the multiplicity and superabundance of the biblical titles of Christ that forces Origen to think beyond the traditional titles by which Christ is named.
78 Human will continues to have a role here, and the path to perfection is such that the more one is purified, the more one receives the Spirit. ”79 However, sanctification comes ultimately from without the Christian, as it is the Spirit who brings about all of the sanctifying work of God: “all sanctification, both in our hearts and in our words and deeds . . 83 Through the operation of the Holy Spirit, one is able to see how for Origen there is still space for Christian particularity and the quest for the holy life even within a universalist system.
Universal salvation can therefore only be asserted as a possible, and hoped-for, outcome. 3. Reject them as sub-Christian? This is a much more recent strategy by some universalists who feel that certain biblical texts really do teach eternal conscious torment but that we are not bound to agree with them. Exclusivism / Inclusivism / Pluralism Christian universalists will agree that the salvation of all people is achieved through Jesus Christ, but they will not agree on how people might be saved through Jesus.
'All shall be well' : explorations in Universalism and Christian theology from Origen to Moltmann by Gregory MacDonald