The Evangelical Universalist by Gregory MacDonald- Can an orthodox Christian, committed to the historic faith of the Church and the authority of the Bible, be a universalist?
- Is it possible to believe that salvation is found only by grace, through faith in Christ, and yet to maintain that in the end all people will be saved?
- Can one believe passionately in mission if one does not think that anyone will be lost forever?
- Could universalism be consistent with the teachings of the Bible?
Gregory MacDonald argues that the answer is yes to all of these questions. Weaving together philosophical, theological, and biblical considerations, MacDonald seeks to show that being a committed universalist is consistent with the central teachings of the biblical texts and of historic Christian theology.
. . . [T]his passionate and lucid advocacy of an evangelical universalism . . . not only engages with key passages in the context of the overall biblical narrative but also treats clearly the profound theological and philosophical issues to which that narrative gives rise . . . readers . . . will find this book an excellent, accessible and indispensable aid in their own attempts to grapple with what its author describes as a hell of a problem . . .”
Andrew T. Lincoln, Portland Chair in New Testament Studies, University of Gloucestershire
. . . I was struck by the persuasiveness of many of Gregory MacDonalds arguments, not least since they rest in an unusually adept interweaving of biblical exegesis with relevant philosophical and theological considerations . . .”
Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary
Gregory MacDonalds defense of universalism is well argued logically, theologically, and especially biblically . . . Evangelicals, among whom MacDonald would count himself, will find him a civil and insightfully critical dialogue partner.”
Thomas F. Johnson, Professor of Biblical Theology, George Fox University
With this wonderful book, Gregory MacDonald joins the growing body of Evangelical Christians who now accept a doctrine of universal reconciliation. But I know of no one who has set forth an equally clear, thorough and compelling case for a universalist reading of the Bible as a whole . . .”
Thomas Talbott, Professor of Philosophy, Willamette University
Gregory MacDonald is a pseudonym.
Where Have All the Universalists Gone?
The short answer is No. Barth did not self-identify as a universalist, and this is an important point that is frequently ignored. The early Church Father, Origen c. Some Origen scholars believe that these anathemas do not apply to what Origen actually taught, and suggest that his posthumous condemnation was unfair and inaccurate, especially since Origen lived long before any ecumenical council ever commenced. Additionally, Apocatastasis was not rejected because it taught Universal Reconciliation, it was rejected because it taught the Platonic pre-existence of soul, as exemplified by the first anathema: " 1. If anyone asserts the fabulous pre-existence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema. Gregory of Nyssa — AD.
Even though Jesus loves everyone, even to the point of dying for their sins, he went out of his way to intentionally help specific groups of people — the alienated, mistreated, and those facing injustice. Christians must recognize that our society is filled with numerous groups and communities facing systemic oppression, and we must act. We must be willing to admit and address the complex realities within our world that create such problems, and avoid the spiritual laziness that tempts us to rely on generic excuses and solutions.
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17 THE FALLACY OF UNIVERSAL SALVATION
SOLOMON, after a vast and extensive search into the nature of things, says, lo, this only have I found, that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inven tions. How many he could not tell, nor any other man. Had the inhabitants of New-England been told, ten years ago, that said doctrine would soon be preached up, and have an extensive spread among them, who could have believed it? Yet this is now become a notorious fact, by the following means: Mr. John Murray, from England, having preached for some time in places south of New-York, came from thence into New-England in the fall of the year ; and has preached in these parts to the present time. For a while he concealed his design under many good words and fair speeches; and when he began plain ly to preach general salvation, his greatest admirers rather wished than believed the doctrine to be true.
Online works based on the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. New book : Starting Science from God. Links theism religion to science psychology and physics without reduction. These voices — some bold, some cautious — proceed alike from the chairs of learning and from the pulpits of sectarians, as from marts of trade and from halls of pleasure. They ask in varying intonations, "What is evil? These skeptical questions are indirect, contorted echoes of the age-old dogma of Predestination, which like the mythical hydra, grows a new head for each that is cut off. For the persistent fallacy within the dogma is that man is not free.