Interesting little essay on Universalism over on First Things:
Here, rev Russell E. Saltzman takes the somewhat squishy position that “Pushed on the matter I guess I would confess to being something of a universalist.”
On reading further, it seems he’s a fairly good grasp of what’s involved, yet remains somehow apologetic to his presumed audience (or his own background?) for conveying this hopeful stance.
I very much appreciated his sound awareness that a great many early fathers believed in Universalism; many seem unaware of this. He caught me a bit off guard when he says: "The *most obvious *question about universalism is the “Hitler problem.” I wrote a brief response to that idea which I hopes indicates it’s not as big a problem as he imagines. (For me, the “most obvious” problem is the severe clash of annihilation/ECT with the character of God…)
Overall interesting, as is the discussion that follows. Seems many of the common protests against Universalism are brought up (though in no real depth) as are a few supporting ideas.
Nice to see this topic being talked about though!!