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Was Jesus Universalistic?

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s (aka, Gregory Macdonald’s) book The Evangelical Universalist  examines whether or not Jesus believed in an eternal conscious hell and, by the time he’s done, he suggests there is a text that might suggest Jesus moved in a universalist direction. Gehenna, […]

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Book of Revelation: Universalistic?

posted by Scot McKnight

Those who “like” or “find delight” in the Book of Revelation remind me of those who watched The Titanic and thought it was romantic and cute but failed to miss that thousands died a brutal, terrifying and tragic death. Robin […]

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The Inescapable Love of God

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes down to the bottom argument in Robin Parry’s (aka, Gregory Macdonald’s) book The Evangelical Universalist  we find an argument about God’s love. So far we’ve seen his case rest squarely on the impermanence of one’s state as a result […]

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The New Testament and Universalism

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for universalism. He has a take on the Old Testament and then turns to macroscopic themes in the New Testament. Here are his themes: Jesus fulfills Israel’s […]

The Old Testament and Universalism

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for universalism, and that means one eventually has to take a good hard look at the Old Testament. Which he does. After sketching some suggestive Adam-Israel parallels, […]

Universal Redemption and the Cosmos

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for (evangelical belief in) universalism (not the same as pluralism). He begins by looking at a major test case: Colossians (esp 1:15-20). Here’s the text and one […]

The Bible and Universalism

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for (evangelical belief in) universalism (not the same as pluralism). One of the good points about this book is that Parry ponders what he’s doing — so […]

Theological Defenses of Hell: Freewill theism

posted by Scot McKnight

The problems for hell are the issues of justice (hell can’t fit the crime of sin by finite beings) and the issue of joy (the saved can’t be eternally blissful knowing loved ones are suffering in hell). Gregory Macdonald’s book […]

Theological Defenses of Hell: Calvinism

posted by Scot McKnight

The problems for hell are the issues of justice (hell can’t fit the crime of sin by finite beings) and the issue of joy (the saved can’t be eternally blissful knowing loved ones are suffering in hell). Gregory Macdonald’s book […]

Hell as the Problem for Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

The single-most important problem for the logical coherence of the Christian belief in God is what Christians have believed about hell — that God will punish humans endlessly for their sins. We are approaching this topic through Gregory Macdonald’s book […]

Let’s Get “Universalism” Straight

posted by Scot McKnight

Today I’d like to begin blogging through Gregory Macdonald’s book The Evangelical Universalist . The first order of business, which is his too, is to get this term “universalism” straight and I want to attach adjectives to his descriptions. After […]

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Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David's own experience. Here is what that experience looks like:Step one: David was set on high and was flourishing at the hand of God's bounty (v. 7a).Step two: David became too

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

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Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

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