Eclectic Orthodoxy

My friends know that I rarely listen to podcasts. I prefer to read essays and short books. Plus podcasts just take up so much time, time I could be spending watching Game of Thrones or dreaming about life in Rivendell. Yesterday, though, I found myself listening to the latest Sed Contra podcast, “Contra Universal­ism.” Given that I have a lot of respect for Thomists, and given that it was a nice day to sit outside on my deck and enjoy an Ashton, I bit the bullet and hit the play button. While I enjoyed the podcast—the five men who participated are a thoughtful, bright, congenial, and charitable group of theologians—I didn’t learn anything new on the topic nor feel that they had addressed it in substantive fashion. Throughout the discussion, everlasting damnation is simply taken for granted. The question thus becomes: Given hell, how the hell can this…

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