Morwenna Ludlow

in Universal Salvation

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270225
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600661 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs


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The introduction summarizes the long and varied history of Christian universalism, from Origen to the present day. The study of one patristic and one modern theologian is explained, and the specific choice of Gregory and Rahner is justified in terms of their general theological interests and method. The main problems and issues raised by the idea of universal salvation are discussed: whether Scripture primarily asserts the universal love of God or an eternal hell; how universalism is linked to Christian doctrines about God, Christ, evil, justice, and punishment; how one should assess the role of human free will, faith, and moral virtue.

Keywords: evil; faith; free will; history; justice; Origen; punishment; Scripture; virtue

Chapter.  7382 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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