But it was worth the time and I'm glad I read it. Weaving together philosophical, theological and biblical considerations, the author shows that being a universalist is consistent with the central teachings of the Bible and of historic Christian theology. He is a humble guy who is open to criticism and seeks to correct or refine his views in light of valid critiques. MacDonald takes a difficult issue and thoroughly explores the issue from a logical, philosophical and biblical perspective. When that is the case, I am seeking to remain true to what they did have in mind, even if I feel compelled by the wider canon of Scripture to say more. The author argues that we need to read the texts the other way round filtering the hell texts through the universalist texts in order to come to a view that does justice to the character and eternal purpose of God. Whether true or not, it is certain that , and today there is a growing resergence of the teaching among conservative bible believing evangelicals.
Its not a popular thing to go against society's grain but the Bible definitely encourages us to test all things. Reading this book was just the start of my investigation. Synopsis: Can an orthodox Christian, committed to the historic faith of the church and the authority of the Bible, be a universalist? Crisp Professor of Systematic Theology Fuller Theological Seminary Author Biography: Gregory MacDonald is Robin A. Returns Policy If the goods are damaged, faulty or not as listed, please contact us within 14 days of receipt to arrange return. Gregory not only answers this question, but many other questions that traditionalists ask of universalists.
It's because I am John Piper! I was raised in the traditional Calvinist faith. James Relly began to preach Universalism in the city of London about 1750 followed by Rev. He loves us more than we can even understand. I found the case he made from scripture an inferential one that went from some statements of apparent universalism to saying what other passages speaking of apparently eternal judgment must really mean. Please click here to You must to ask or answer questions posted. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about. Available only to approved bidders.
He turns to Revelation, which has some of the most clear descriptions of hell and observes that judgment texts are followed by salvation texts in such a way that he would argue that hell is a real, but temporary judgment followed by the final salvation of all. The second edition has additional material in the back that addresses issues that critics have brought up since writing the book originally. Overall, MacDonald does an adequate job of proving that being a Christian and being a Universalist are not mutually exclusive. My initial response to the book is that I hope its central thesis is true - that in the end, all will be saved through faith in Christ, even those who enter hell. More than a mother can love her child.
Christian universalism therefore presents itself as a burst of fresh air. This new edition answers critics of the first edition and reflects on the furore caused by Rob Bell's venture into this theological minefield with Love Wins. As in the Isaianic plot, this restoration of Israel in the Servant precipitates the restoration of Zion and the pilgrimage of the Gentiles. Originally written under a pseudonym, the author has since revealed his identity as Dr Robin Parry, publishing editor of Paternoster Press and a member of City Church Worcester, part of the Salt and Light network of churches. This book argues that the answer is 'yes' to all of these questions.
With this view in mind, hell is not retributive per se, but more so educative. Bringing careful biblical exegesis and philosophical precision to the debate, MacDonald argues persuasively that universalism, at the very least, is a viable option for evangelicals, and at best, establishes a greater vision of God's love. In fact there are those who argue that it was the. God alone elects who gets to go to heaven and who goes to hell. The authors theological arguments are also thorough and I feel as though I have a solid grounding for choosing to believe what I wanted to believe a This is a heavy read for those not theologically inclined. Eschatology carries huge weight in the Christian circles I grew up in. I got what I wanted - evidence in the debate presented with humility and honesty, not rhetoric or cynical views of tradition.
Parry argues that it is no better for traditionalists to ignore universal texts in the Bible than for universalists to ignore the hell texts. Lewis in The Great Divorce explores the scenario of the possibility of post-mortem salvation and the hardened refusal of many to accept this. This book argues that the answer is yes to all of these questions. I'm not promoting the view, mind you. Could universalism be consistent with the teachings of the Bible? And after reading it, I'm still not sure if I am. In truth, many in pastoral counsel to the grieving seem to imply some form of post-mortem salvation for some and others in apologetics cede the possibility of some form of post-mortem salvation for those who have never heard the message of Christ in their lives. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must to use this feature.
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? I was not intending to get the work published but I simply wanted to think the issue through and get clear what I thought. Flubit do not compare their sale price to these types of offers. They feel like it is them and God against the world. If you truly believe the Bible is the word of God, nothing in the Bible can or should be ignored. Once we have received the goods, we will send a replacement or issue a full refund. 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.
I do, however, intend to study the book more closely and try and come to a view on its message. Christian universalism is compatible with all these beliefs. So, in the interest of honest debate, I decided to read this book. This book is a great one to read if one is genuinely seeking a better understanding of the doctrine's claims. I am still not convinced, yet this is no failure on the authors part.
However, I would still wholeheartedly recommend this book to any Christian who is just not satisfied with the traditional depictions of heaven and hell that they learned about growing up and ants to read a well defended alternative explanation. This is a more scholarly book, good for those that already have a good deal of biblical knowledge. I do not especially care about people hating me - I think I can live with that so long as I retain some friends - but I do not wish to undermine some messages that are more central to my 'ministry'. But MacDonald a pseudonym has offered the evangelical community a studied, thoughtful, and objective challenge to the traditional view of hell and for a version of universalism that is not mere sentimentality but, he argues, the conclusion of e Being a missionary and teaching missions and Global Perspectives these past couple of years have taken me into an important and ongoing debate over Hell. He presents universalism with its strengths and problems.