Holy (and Wholly Misunderstood) Saturday

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Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    One question I’ve always had, but never asked for fear that it was somehow blasphemous- after the harrowing of hell, why is there still hell? I always saw it as Jesus descending and saying, “Hey everyone- you’re free to go!” Admittedly, I think the Mormons don’t have hell, but it seems like all the Christian faiths still do. So should they?Report

    • Avatar Chris Dierkes in reply to Rufus F. says:

      actually this is an excellent question. Origen and Gregory of Nyssa (I think so, though there is argument on the latter one) both argue for an apocatastasis. The return of all to God and therefore the abolition of hell, of Satan, and all the rest.

      In more modern theology, John Hick the religious pluralist argued the same thing from the premise that God as unconditional Love will eventually overcome (given an infinity of infinite time) all resistance. Not through overly determinate power but via the eventually irresistible force of Love.

      And lastly Balthasar, the one whose meditations form the backdrop of this post. Balthasar (going back to Origen) not surprisingly meditated on the possibility of the end of Hell.

      So there is a “subterranean” tradition of this thought in Christianity.Report

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