Series Introduction

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Jesus suggested (okay, commanded) that it would be better to remove the log of wood from one’s own eye before attempting to pinch out the speck of sawdust in the eye of another. This is good teaching, especially for Christians regarding the doctrine of salvation. For most of my life I have endured the fingers of many a Christian poking ’round my eye in order to pinch out the specks of dust in my theology of salvation… all the while wondering when their own lumber yard would receive any attention. That time has come. It is time to devote some attention to the spectrum of views on Christian salvation – which, I assure you, are all a bit speckled with sawdust.
To put matters simply, all the views of Christian salvation are ‘flawed’. There is no such thing as “the clear teaching of Scripture” on the matter. Scripture is ambiguous and conflicting. This is why we must employ our intellect, our tradition, and our experience of the Holy Spirit, as well as the Bible (these 4 sources of revelation are often know as the “Quadrilateral“). In a day and age where multitudes of people are dissatisfied with the traditional views of Christian salvation, it behooves us to reflect, reread, and perhaps reform (ecclesia semper reformanda).
Personally, I am becoming more and more ‘convinced’ by the theology of Universalism. I prefer the term ‘Full Salvation’ and will use it instead throughout this series. Why? Because it better captures the unique character and purpose of the God revealed in Jesus the Christ. The posts in this series are drawn and adapted from articles that aim to expound the viability of Full Salvation: the notion that all of creation will be saved by God through Jesus the Christ and will live eternally with God. Nevertheless, this view is not without its own baggage, and I aim to present some of that as well.Some of the topics ahead include:

  • Problems with Calvinism & Arminianism
  • Annihilationism
  • C.S. Lewis and The Great Divorce
  • Original Sin
  • The History of Hell
  • Jesus and Hell
  • Human Freedom
  • Christian Mission
  • Eastern Orthodox View of Salvation
  • Christian Proponents of Full Salvation
This little blog series derives its name from Ravi Holy’s dissertation entitled “Damned Nonsense: An Argument for Universalism Consisting of a Critique of All the Alternatives to It” and will adapt much of that work.
Please enjoy the posts. Please respond. Please share and tweet. Please wrestle with the arguments. And please be respectful.
– jmw

3 thoughts on “Series Introduction

  1. Ravi Holy says:

    Dear JMW, I’m very flattered that you liked my dissertation so much that you dedicated a section of your blog to it! Wow! I’d love to know more about who you are. Are you facebook? Ravi

    • jmw says:

      Ravi, Thanks for leaving a comment! Great surprise to discover you’ve been plagiarized all over the place, eh? 🙂 But, seriously, thanks for giving your time and effort to such a wonderful piece of research, reflection, and writing. Your piece is one of the best and most concise pieces I’ve found on this pressing topic. I discovered your dissertation on the EvangelicalUniversalist.com website. Funnily enough, I first discovered that website when I learned that my own little article about the implications of Universalism for Evangelism had somehow made it on to their site (unbeknownst to me!) I guess they troll the net and archive as much as they can; hence, I found your contribution in their archives.

      I’ll re-activate my facebook account and give you a shout rather than elaborate here. Thanks for reaching out!

      • Ravi Holy says:

        For the benefit of others reading this, we have now hooked up on facebook! The EU site you mentioned actually contacted me and asked if they cut DN up there but I will now check out the piece you mention. God bless.

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