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Flirting with universalism : resolving the problem of an eternal hell

Author: Dennis Jensen
Publisher: Eugene, OR : Resource Publications, 2014.
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It's likely the most difficult problem in the Christian faith. It was a major reason that Bertrand Russell, John Stuart Mill, and countless others rejected Christianity. It was an ax that began to chip away at Charles Darwin's early faith. How could he accept that his closest relatives and loved ones would be spending an eternity in agonizing torment? Yet the Christian doctrine of an everlasting hell has turned out  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Jensen, Dennis.
Flirting with universalism
(OCoLC)880966186
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis Jensen
ISBN: 9781630872151 1630872156
OCLC Number: 892483179
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 109 pages)
Contents: Theological foundation --
The Hebrew view of the afterlife --
The New Testament view of the afterlife of the righteous --
The New Testament view of the afterlife of the lost --
Limited potential restorationism --
Arguments regarding universalism, eternalism, and annihilationism --
Semi-restorationism --
Other forms of inclusivism --
Practical consequences for Christianity.
Responsibility: Dennis Jensen.

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It's likely the most difficult problem in the Christian faith. It was a major reason that Bertrand Russell, John Stuart Mill, and countless others rejected Christianity. It was an ax that began to chip away at Charles Darwin's early faith. How could he accept that his closest relatives and loved ones would be spending an eternity in agonizing torment? Yet the Christian doctrine of an everlasting hell has turned out to be a completely unnecessary problem. A close examination of the Bible rejects any form of universalism that trivializes personal obligations to God or denies the possibility of permanent condemnation. Yet Christians can fully affirm the goodness, justice, and love of God. They have no reason to believe in a never-ending hell of excruciating suffering. This study reviews the biblical and philosophical evidence behind the various Christian views of the afterlife for those who reject their God: universalism, eternalism or traditionalism, and annihilationism. It concludes by taking a position between universalism and annihilationism: God will forever honor the final choices of those who reject God, and yet, in the end, all things will be reconciled to God.

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