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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1165797968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1165797967
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor C. van den Broek d'Obrenan on December 14, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this very informative book first published 1899. The author gives an excellent history of the early Christian writers from the first to fifth centuries. Universality of the redeeming work of Christ for ALL humanity was cogent in many variant interpretations. Of note is the second chapter "Early Christianity is a Cheerful Religion". The Gospel is good news. There is no bad news in the good news. It was not until the 5th century and St Augustine that the creeds became harsh. The cruelty displayed by Christianity whether Catholic or later centuries Protestant truly boggles the mind. Christianity is a failed and cruel religion. That does not indict the Gospel. Jesus did not come to this earth to establish a new religion! "The Gospel and Christianity are as different as night and day. The author goes to great length to describe the failure of the religion. The Gospel is all about universality. No one is left out in its benefits. All are included. The author is one of the first back in the 19th century to recognize and describe the belief system of the early days just after the events of the Cross. Christianity says its "our" faith, "our" choice and "our" belief. The Gospel Says it was "Christ's faith" , "Christ's choice"; and "Christ's belief". Thus humanity lives in liberty and freedom = The Gospel.
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Book report By: L J Martini, Th.D. May 2015
on:
Universalism, the Prevailing Doctrine of the Christian Church During its First 500 Years
By: John Wesley Hanson;
Universalist Publishing House, 1899.
BiblioBazaar Reproduction Series; to preserve the legacy of literary history by reprinting and promoting “culturally important” literature.

According to the introduction of this classic book, John Wesley Hanson’s goal was to provide witnesses and testimonies of early church fathers as to the belief in universal salvation. It is not a presentation of scriptural evidence, but the “sole object is to show that those who obtained their religion almost directly from the lips of its author [Jesus Christ], understood it to teach the doctrine of universal salvation” (p.4).

Chapter 1 presents the earliest Christian creeds: The Apostles’ Creed (about 200 AD); Tertullian’s belief (160 AD); the Nicene Creed (325 AD); and the Niceo-Constantinopolitan Creed (that of the Roman Catholic Church). The author contends that none of these creeds even hint at a doctrine of “everlasting punishment” (p.6), “no thought of endless woe” (p.11), “no post-mortem woe of sinners” (p.13), and in fact “gave expression to no condemnation of universal restoration, though, as will be shown, the doctrine had been prevalent all along” (p.12). Even though Tertullian, born in 160 AD did believe in the eternally damned, his private beliefs were not put into any of the creeds. In fact he believed that there is a portion of God in everyone’s soul and that there is something good in the worst of us and something bad in the best of us. The author claims that at the time Tertullian had “not discovered that worst of dogmas relating to man, total depravity” (p.10).
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Excelent book. I hope all christians could read this book and understand the meaning of what is mercifullness and compassion. If this understanding of christianity prevailed in our days, we could be sure christianity would be the most popular religion on earth. What we call christianity nowadays is a completely distorted view of what the Bible really teaches.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Pazaris on May 3, 2012
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Great details on research over 100 years ago. A connection with the past. Details on the first hundred years after Christ's death and an analysis of how church dogma's evolved.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Wright on November 16, 2011
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This will be short and sweet, but all I can say is that this is one awesome book. Truly a great work.
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