Eclectic Orthodoxy

I finally obtained a copy of the published version of my paper “Preaching Apokatastasis.” A few editorial changes were made before publication, but on the whole this is the same paper that I shared with everyone a couple of years ago.

My approach to the question of universal salvation is a bit different from others, largely because of the huge impact Robert W. Jenson had on my theological reflection. Jens taught me that the preaching of the gospel of Christ requires the speaking of unconditional promise. This was the burning concern of the Reformers, under the rubric of justification by faith. If the gospel is not declared under the perfomative mode of promise, then preaching is reduced to exhortation … and more exhortation … and yet more exhortation … ad nauseam—the dead speaking irrelevancies to the dead. Exhortation has its place, of course, but only when enveloped…

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