Hopeful Universalism lives with an unresolved tension. It recognizes that some parts of scripture point toward an exclusive kind-of salvation that is found only in Jesus, leaving some on the “outside.” But it also recognizes that other parts of scripture point toward a Christ who is reconciling “all things” to himself, [...]
I am a hopeful universalist, or, to put it in slightly more provocative terms, a universalist sympathizer.
What does that mean? It means, as I recited in a prior post, that I’m not a universalist, but I suspect that God might be.*
Hopeful universalists can be contrasted with what we might call dogmatic universalists, who believe and teach the [...]
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I am astounded by the interest the mainstream media has in Bell and his new book. As I’ve said before, Bell isn’t offering anything new (he says it himself in this interview); he is just doing a better job of making it understandable… a [...]
As I was browsing my Facebook feed tonight, I stumbled across a link from Curtis – one of our readers – to this YouTube video, which I think is best characterized as a carefully laid ambush of Rob Bell on his new book, Love Wins:
The video title – and comments that follow – say that Bell “squirms” during the interview. They also say [...]
In a discussion on the subject of universalism, it can be helpful to distinguish between several varieties of universalism. Among those varieties are:
- Unitarian Universalism, which holds that all faiths are more or less all equal ways to find God; and
- Christian Universalism, which holds that the Christian God is the “true” God, but that [...]
The net was abuzz last night over a video from Rob Bell that promotes Love Wins, a book that will be released at the end of March. Here is the video:
LOVE WINS. from Rob Bell on Vimeo.
In the video, Bell asks a series of questions about the doctrine of hell, the most pointed of which is this: will the vast majority of humanity will suffer c [...]
For many years, now, I’ve been one of those people who is notoriously cranky about the commercialization of Christmas. I believe we’ve turned what ought to be a sacred holiday into an excuse to spend a lot of money – money that we often have to borrow. On top of that, we place unreasonable expectations on the holiday aspect of the season tha [...]
One of the odd things I’m learning about moving to a new blog is that the old one doesn’t really die unless you completely pull it down. Even after I publicly announced that my WordPress.com blog was dormant, people – mostly, I’m guessing who linked to it via search engines and blogrolls that haven’t been updated – continued to read and [...]