The article may be mis-titled. I obviously have not read everything on the topic nor have I read all of the books and articles that others deem “essential.” But I thought it might be helpful to others to share the essential stuff that I have read and consider worthy of consideration:
Hans Urs von Balthasar, Dare We Hope “That All Men Be Saved”?
I read this book maybe ten years ago or so, and it powerfully confirmed my long-held, but largely secret, universalist hope. As a Catholic theologian, Balthasar could not and would go beyond the hope that God would save all, but that we must hope and pray for universal salvation, he fervently believed. Balthasar did not convert me to the universalist hope—Thomas Torrance and Robert Jenson did that back in the early 80s—but he confirmed this hope and gave me a different way to think about the question…
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