The best of all possible stories — can it be true?

That’s the title of the paper I’ll be delivering at Trinity Western University’s Hell and Damnation public philosophy lecture event on February 13. Also presenting will be TWU philosophy professor Myron Penner, whose paper is called “How to Be a Universalist.” The event kicks off at 7pm and will wrap around 9. Q&A to follow [Read More...]

52-minute version of “Hellbound?” now available

Good things come in small packages, or in this case, shorter packages. (Yikes, there’s no way to escape the innuendo, is there?) At any rate, we cut an abridged version of Hellbound? for CBC’s Documentary Channel, so I thought I’d also make it available online for those with short attention spans, don’t have a lot [Read More...]

Two quick thoughts on the Prodigal Son parable

1) It’s tough to embrace both the parable of the Prodigal Son and a theology of limited atonement. That’s because this parable seems to suggest that sooner or later those who wander away from God will eventually hit rock bottom, realize the error of their ways and return “home.” And rather than be met by [Read More...]

Six suggestions for would-be critics of Universalism

These all come from David Congdon’s excellent response to Calvin College professor James K. A. Smith’s critique of the new universalism: Lay bare your hermeneutical presuppositions. When you confront the conflict between universalist and dualist texts in scripture, what drives your interpretive conclusions? Explain the relation between Christ and salvation. Is there a difference between [Read More...]

Guest post: Why Hitler will (not) be in heaven

Today we have a guest post by Rev. Heath Bradley, who is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is also the author of Flames of Love: Hell and Universal Salvation. Heath blogs at the Sunday drive home. “Our God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:29 I hold to a hopeful conviction [Read More...]

Talking to Christians About Hell–It’s Harder Than You think

Anyone who thinks filmmaking is glamorous should try making a documentary sometime. Better yet, try promoting one. For a high profile film like The Hobbit, promotion means having Peter Jackson premiere an exclusive clip to hundreds of adoring fans at Comic-Con and then flying back home to New Zealand in his private jet. For a low budget [Read More...]

Is Universalism the new Annihilationism?

Thanks to a prod from Graham Ware, I’m currently reading Clark. H. Pinnock’s excellent essay The Destruction of the Finally Impenitent. Published in 1990, Pinnock’s essay critiques the “traditional” doctrine of hell as eternal torment for the wicked and argues for the (then) radical notion of Annihilationism–the belief that the “impenitent wicked suffer extinction and [Read More...]


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