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One of the most troublesome doctrines in traditional Christian theology is the doctrine of everlasting hell. For many this is a non-negotiable core of biblical Christianity. However, in the early church many believed that the fires of hell were not forever and that in the end all people would be saved through Christ. This belief in universal salvation was not based on a rejection of biblical teaching but, on the contrary, was believed by many orthodox Christians to be what Scripture taught. They believed that God would save all people because they believed that the Bible said as much. That view became a minority report after the sixth century, but has continued within the church through to this day and in our day is seeing something of a resurgence. In this course we explore the issues of hell and universal salvation in terms of Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience. The aim is simply to understand the basic approach to these issues taken by Christian believers in universal restoration and to be equipped to think through the questions for yourself.

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins Apr 8, 2017 and runs weekly at 1PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • Apr 8 – Session 1
  • Apr 15 – Session 2
  • Apr 22 – Session 3
  • Apr 29 – Session 4
  • May 6 – Session 5
  • May 13 – Session 6
  • May 20 – session 7

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

The Evangelical Universalist
Gregory MacDonald
(2nd ed. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012).

Four Views on Hell
Preston Sprinkle, ed.
(2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).


Optional extra:

The Inescapable Love of God
Thomas Talbott
(2nd ed. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014)

 

About The Instructor

Robin Parry
Robin Parry

Robin Parry taught philosophy and religion for eleven years at Worcester Sixth Form College, UK. From 2001–2010 he was Editorial Director of Paternoster Press and since 2010 he has been a UK-based editor at Wipf & Stock Publishers. Robin is the husband of one wife, Carol, and the father of two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jessica. (He also has a delightful three-legged cat called Monty.) His MA and PhD are in Old Testament studies and he writes books for a hobby. For better or for worse, Robin is perhaps best known as a defender of evangelical universalism.
Other books by Robin A. Parry:

Robin A. Parry, Lamentations. Two Horizons Commentary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010)

 

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