Universal Salvation? The Current Debate

Universal Salvation? The Current Debate

Universal Salvation? The Current Debate

Universal Salvation? The Current Debate

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I wish I could say that God is too loving, too kind, and too generous to
condemn any soul to eternal punishment. I would like to believe that
hell can only be the anteroom to heaven, a temporary and frightful dis
cipline to bring the unregenerate to final moral perfection.

So wrote Kenneth Kantzer in 1987. Like many Christians he wants to believe that God will eventually save everybody, but sadly such a universalist belief is not even an option. Or is it? That is the question under the microscope in this volume.

A Typology of Universalisms

In order to better understand the following debate it will help to have a map of the theological terrain onto which the different contributions can be plotted. The word 'universalism' can be used in a range of different ways and it is worthwhile setting out a typology of universalisms to better understand the family of views under discussion in what follows.

Multiracial Universalism

There is a sense in which all Christians could be considered to be 'universalists'. Since the early days of its existence the Christian church has stood by the claim that God's people are a multiracial group composed of persons from every nation. This view could be labelled 'multiracial universalism' and all our contributors would . . .

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