We don’t hear much today about Hell or the prospect of eternal punishment, do we? The popular culture seems fascinated by darkness, horror, and cosmic pessimism, but a realm of everlasting judgment is just too dark to consider. People used to be afraid to sin, lest they incur God’s wrath. But no more, it seems. In the popular religious imagination, everybody goes to Heaven.
This is the teaching of universalism, that everyone in the universe–including the devil–gets saved, one way or the other. St. Louis University theologian Michael McClymond has published two volumes on the subject in a work entitled The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism.