The eschatological judgment of Christ: the hope of universal salvation and the fear of eternal perdition in the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

"Hans Urs von Balthasar hopes that all might be saved. Critics say that makes Balthasar a universalist, and his universalism has become a hindrance for the evangelical mission of the church. Why would anyone evangelize and seek to convert others to the Christian faith if it is assured that ever...

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Main Author: Karlson, Henry C. Anthony
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Eugene, Oregon Pickwick Publications [2017]
In:Year: 2017
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Balthasar, Hans Urs von 1905-1988 / Salvation / Eschatology
Further subjects:B Salvation
B Balthasar, Hans Urs Von 1905-1988
B Salvation Christianity History of doctrines 20th century
B Balthasar, Hans Urs Von
B Eschatology History of doctrines 20th century
B Eschatology
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Summary:"Hans Urs von Balthasar hopes that all might be saved. Critics say that makes Balthasar a universalist, and his universalism has become a hindrance for the evangelical mission of the church. Why would anyone evangelize and seek to convert others to the Christian faith if it is assured that everyone will be saved? Balthasar, throughout his writings, denied he was a universalist. He said that there is no way to know if all will be saved or not. Since God desires all will be saved, we can hope all will be, but until everyone has been judged, there will be no way to know if God's desire will be accomplished. Why? Because God does not force salvation on anyone. God gave humanity freedom, and he will not remove it from anyone, even if it means he risks losing some to perdition. Balthasar's critics believe his denial was merely a pretense, so that his speculations would not be condemned. They do not take his denials seriously. But should they? Does he really believe it is possible some might be damned? If so, how? By what means would anyone be damned?" --
Introduction -- The hope that all would be saved -- Dramatic soteriology -- The judgment of Christ -- Freedom to establish ourselves -- Perdition -- Summary and analysis of Balthasar's eschatology -- Critical concerns over Balthasar's eschatology -- Concluding remarks
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references
ISBN:1498297811