That All Shall Be Saved

Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
David Bentley Hart
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , September
     2019.
     232 pages.
     $26.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300246223.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Joshua Leach forthcoming.

Description

A stunning reexamination of one of the essential tenets of Christian belief from one of the most provocative and admired writers on religion today.

The great fourth-century church father Basil of Caesarea once observed that, in his time, most Christians believed that hell was not everlasting, and that all would eventually attain salvation. But today, this view is no longer prevalent within Christian communities.
 
In this momentous book, David Bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation. On the basis of the earliest Christian writings, theological tradition, scripture, and logic, Hart argues that if God is the good creator of all, he is the savior of all, without fail. And if he is not the savior of all, the Kingdom is only a dream, and creation something considerably worse than a nightmare. But it is not so. There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved. With great rhetorical power, wit, and emotional range, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity’s most important themes.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, and a philosopher, writer, and cultural commentator.

Add New Comment

Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.

Log in to post comments