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Christ Triumphant: Universalism Asserted as the Hope of the Gospel on the Authority of Reason, the Fathers, and Holy Scripture. Annotated Edition Paperback – June 8, 2015
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''This annotated edition of Thomas Allin's Christ Triumphant is most welcome. I am confident that many will be surprised to learn that the ''wider hope''--the hope for the ultimate salvation of every human being--enjoyed such vigorous support among so many of the church fathers.''
--Fr. Aidan Kimel, Orthodox priest, theologian, blogger
''Robin Parry has done us a terrific service in producing this edition of Thomas Allin's most important work. He has opened up Christ Triumphant to a contemporary audience in a host of ways, not least with his introduction, his fresh typesetting, and his copious, helpful annotations. Christ Triumphant rejoins a burgeoning group of books that demonstrate that hope for universal salvation need not be taken as a departure from the theological tradition.''
--Rev. Dr. Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and the Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
''Universalism Asserted . . . is the very best compendium of the glorious truth of modern times.''
--Rev. Basil Wilberforce (1841-1916), Canon of Westminster Abbey
''In this author the doctrine of eternal hope has found no common champion.''
--The Star (London) --Wipf and Stock Publishers
About the Author
Thomas Allin (1838-1909) was an Anglican priest from Ireland, best known for his defense of Christian universalism. Robin A. Parry is an editor for Wipf and Stock Publishers and, writing as Gregory MacDonald, the author of The Evangelical Universalist.
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If you read only one chapter in this book, read Chapter 8 which lists New Testament evidence for universal salvation. I read it to my wife and you could see her relax as she realized her husband was not losing his salvation. At the very least you'll be hard pressed to think of Universal Reconciliation as a Biblically unsupported heresy after that.
After reading this book, if you need still more proof from early church history, then check out Ilaria Ramelli's “The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis” (but you will need to get it from the library since it is priced out of reach for mere mortals). Ilaria provides 900+ pages of Patristic scholarship supporting what Thomas Allin says in considerably more succinct fashion here.
I also have to say that Robin Parry's footnotes and formatting are well worth the extra expense if you are considering getting a different version of this text. Victorians had an annoying habit of quoting French and Latin without translation, and Parry has solved the problem here.
Lastly, if you are just beginning your explorations on this topic, let me welcome you to the realm of a vastly more loving and more powerful God than you ever dreamed, and a future and a hope of greater joy than you can possibly imagine. Be a Berean (Acts 17:11) and check out the scriptures to see if these things be so.
There will be readers who will read this book and still not be convinced by his arguments, and certainly, without access to all the material he quotes, it's possible to not be. However, taking Allin on trust, it's hard to fault him in his efforts to prove his point.
We are so ingrained in thinking of the fact of Hell, and of eternal punishment, and of millions dying without salvation, that it's hard to completely change your mind even when faced with his battery of arguments. And even if you are convinced, you have a world of Christians who would prefer not to listen to what you have to say. Allin is out to change minds, and works exceedingly hard to do so.
I've had to read the book slowly in order to absorb what he's said, and check out the innumerable footnotes (possibly a quarter of which have been added by the editor of the new edition, Robin Parry). I'm not sure that I've entirely absorbed Allin's arguments, but I'm certainly leaning even more strongly towards what he says. (I was already leaning in that direction because of reading George MacDonald.)
Allin is at times repetitious, and the last chunk of the book sums up much of what has gone before, so I found myself skimming at that point. On the other hand, I highlighted great swathes of it, and will check these highlights out and remind myself of what his arguments were.