Eschatology in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa and Karl Rahner
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 320
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For nearly two thousand years Paul's suggestion at the end of 1 Corinthians 15 that God will be 'all in all' has appealed to those who hold a 'wider hope' that eventually no person will be lost from God's love. Clearly, such hope for universal salvation is at variance with most Christian tradition, which has emphasized the possibility, or certainty, of eternal hell. However, a minority of Christian thinkers have advocated the idea and it has provoked much debate in the course of the twentieth century. Responding to this interest, Morwenna Ludlow compares and assesses the arguments for universal salvation by Gregory of Nyssa and Karl Rahner - two influential theologians from very different eras who are less well known for their eschatological views. In this book Dr Ludlow gives an assessment of early Christian eschatology and its effect on modern theology by examining some fundamental questions. Does universal salvation constitute a 'second tradition' of eschatology and how has that tradition developed? What can we learn from Patristic writers such as Gregory of Nyssa? How does one approach Christian eschatology in a modern context?
Well-written and balanced * Journal of Theological Studies, vol.52,no.2 * Throughout Ludlow presents difficult material in a way that is lucid, free of jargon, interesting to the specialist, and accessible to non-specialists. ... the overall effect is a clear, balanced and convincing presentation and exploration of ideas. This is a rich book that will be helpful not only to those interested in eschatology and the issue of universal salvation, but also to anyone wanting to get to grips with either Rahner or Gregory of Nyssa. * Reviews in Religion & Theology * Judicious and even-handed ... this is competent work. * A. Meredith, Expository Times * Ludlow's book will undoubtedly continue to be consulted both by students of Gregory and Rahner and by those interested in questions surrounding universal salvation. Both the careful analysis of the sources and the precision of the analysis give this study its abiding value. * Hans Boersma, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology *