Paul over at Disoriented, Reoriented is starting a great new series blogging through a book on universalism: “All Shall Be Well”: Universal Salvation Through History. As the subtitle indicates, universalism is the belief that everyone goes to heaven, no one goes to hell. The first post in the series discusses the introduction, wherein I learned a new word:
theologumena, opinions consistent with Christian doctrine but not necessary for the faith.
I knew the concept — indeed I frequently find myself explaining this concept to people — but not the term. It’s a very handy thing to have a term for (although it will probably not actually be useful in those conversations. 😉 )
I was also struck by this quote from the book:
I would suggest that one of the reasons that universalism seems able to keep spontaneously reappearing, even when it is not taught, is that it is rooted in some fundamental Christian and biblical convictions.
Yes! In particular, all those gorgeous Isaiah readings that celebrate the whole world coming to Jerusalem seem to cry out for interpretation as universalist texts.
If you’re interested in this topic either theologically or historically, or simply hopeful about it, I encourage you to follow Disoriented. Reoriented and join the conversation.