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About the Author
Oliver D. Crisp is Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Revisioning Christology (2011) and Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation (2012).
Robin Parry grew up near Liverpool before moving to Wales at the age of ten. It was in Wales that he became a Christian. In 1991, after completing his undergraduate degree in theology and some teacher training, he got married to Carol and moved to Worcester (the original one). They have been there ever since. Robin and Carol have two daughters, Hannah and Jessica, and a cat called Monty. Having been a teacher in a Sixth Form College (1991-2001), he moved into theological publishing, first at Paternoster (2001-2010) and then at Wipf and Stock (2010-), where he works as an editor. Robin's MA and PhD were in Old Testament, both degrees overseen by Professor Gordon Wenham. Robin writes books for a hobby and is trying to learn to play the cajon.
Table of Contents
Foreword Oliver Crisp xi
Preface to the Second Edition xiii
Chapter 1 A Hell of a Problem 9
Chapter 2 Universalism and Biblical Theology 35
Chapter 3 Israel and the Nations in the Old Testament 54
Chapter 4 Christ, Israel, and the Nations in the New Testament 74
Chapter 5 A Universalist Interpretation of the Book of Revelation 106
Chapter 6 To Hell and Back 133
Chapter 7 Advantages of Christian Universalism and Replies to Remaining Objections 156
Appendix 1 A Reply to William Lane Craig's Argument that Molinism is Compatible with Non-Universalism 178
Appendix 2 Christ, Cosmos, and Church: The Theology of Ephesians 184
Appendix 3 The Lamb's Book of Life 192
Appendix 4 Love Wins? 195
Appendix 5 Responses to (Some of) My Critics 199
Appendix 6 Election 222
Appendix 7 Hell, Moral Formation, and Calvinism 243
Study Guide 247
Scripture Index 261
What People are Saying About This
"This passionate and lucid advocacy of an evangelical universalism not only engages with key passages in the context of the overall biblical narrative but also treats clearly the profound theological and philosophical issues to which that narrative gives rise. Readers will find this book an excellent, accessible, and indispensable aid in their own attempts to grapple with what its author describes as 'a hell of a problem.'"
Andrew T. Lincoln
Portland Professor in New Testament Studies
University of Gloucestershire
"I was struck by the persuasiveness of many of Gregory MacDonald's arguments, not least since they rest in an unusually adept interweaving of biblical exegesis with relevant philosophical and theological considerations."
Joel B. Green
Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Fuller Theological Seminary
"With this wonderful book, Gregory MacDonald joins the growing body of evangelical Christians who now accept a doctrine of universal reconciliation. But I know of no one who has set forth an equally clear, thorough, and compelling case for a universalist reading of the Bible as a whole."
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
"This volume makes a significant contribution to a long-standing theological conundrum that has become a pressing concern in our modern world. For some, it is a dangerous book. But the best books are often the dangerous ones. This is both a dangerous and an important work. For these reasons, it should be read and pondered."
Oliver D. Crisp
Professor of Systematic Theology
Fuller Theological Seminary