I’ve updated the list with your entries, sobornost. Thanks again - and please, feel free to take a break! You’ve earned it!
I’ve cobbled together an entry under Convinced Universalist for Ernest Martin, maybe someone who know more than me could give it a once-over? Also, are other members of ASK likewise universalist? Maybe someone can push some names my way?
I’ve put name place-holders for Dean Hough under Convinced Universalist; and E.W. Bullinger and C.H. Welch under annihilationist. Can someone point me towards their bios and some quotes? And, again, if anyone knows stuff about the Concordant Publishing concern maybe they could push info this way?
In a few weeks I’m planning on giving the lists a bit of an overhaul - ready for the next big influx of names
I’m thinking of a new format divided first by era, then by category, with tradition underlined for ease of visual search. An example:
[size=150]Modern (death post 1900)[/size]
Abbé Mugnier, Arthur (1853-1944), French Catholic priest famous for taking part in the social and literary life of Paris, and nicknamed “the apostle of letters and forgiveness”:
Upon being asked if he believed in hell he replied - “Yes, because it is the dogma of the Church—but I don’t believe anyone is in it” (xxxx, p.x).
Hopeful Universalists (Strong)
Buechner, (Carl) Frederick (1926-), ordained Presbytarian minister, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters recognised author, theologian, and Pulitzer Prize finalist:
‘Dante saw written over the gates of hell the words “Abandon all hope ye who enter here,” but he must have seen wrong. If there is suffering life in hell, there must also be hope in hell, because where there is life there is the Lord and giver of life; and where there is suffering he is there too, because the suffering of the ones he loves is also his suffering. “He descended into hell,” the Apostles’ Creed says, and “If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there,” says the Psalmist (139:8). It seems there is no depth to which he will not sink. Maybe not even Old Scratch will be able to hold out against him forever’ (Beyond Words, p.158).
Hopeful Universalists (Weak)
Paul II, Pope John - Karol Józef Wojtyła (1920-2005), 264th Pope of the **Roman Catholic **church:
‘Eternal damnation remains a possibility, but we are not granted, without special divine revelation, the knowledge of whether or which human beings are effectively involved in it’ (General Audience of July 28, 1999).
Hick, John (1922-2012), eminent theologian, Vice-President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Vice-President of The World Congress of Faiths, Danforth Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at the Claremont Graduate University, California, H.G. Wood Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham:
‘In wrestling with the problem of evil I had concluded that any viable Christian theodicy must affirm the ultimate salvation of all God’s creatures’ (Evil and the Love of God, p. x).
Holtz, Chad (xxxx-), American; **former United Methodist **pastor of Marrow’s Chapel, Henderson, North Carolina, who was removed from office in part for his public internet support of Rob Bell’s hopeful universalist book Love Wins. Originally, Chad commented that, ‘I think justice comes and judgment will happen, but I don’t think that means an eternity of torment’, but after attending a conservative rehabilitation ministry (Pure Life Ministries) to overcome ‘sexual addiction’ he altered his stance and declared:
‘I repent of my past denial of hell or that a person could ever be eternally seperated [sic] from a holy God. I know now that I had no fear of God. Therefore, I had no knowledge of God (Prov. 1:7). I was a fool with an MDiv. I was wrong’ (Chad’s blog, Unchained, entry 1 June 2012).
Continuing with the following categories:
Disputed or Often Miscategorised Universalists
Annhililationists (or believers in conditional immortality)
Second Chance and Post-Mortem Salvationists
Inclusivists and Wide-Hopers
Other or Undetermined
Would such a format make it more usable, or less?