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Christian Universalism: God's Good News for All People Paperback – February 15, 2008
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This book talks about major themes of the Bible like the nature of God and man, the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Trinity, the meaning of sin, judgment, grace, atonement, the afterlife, etc. It ties it all together in a framework that is the most wonderful presentation of Christian theology I've ever seen -- a God of love who will never give up until the entire human race is redeemed and transformed in the image of Christ! It also tells how this theology was already taught by saints in the early church but was forgotten after the church became dominated by Rome.
I feel much more comfortable sharing my faith in Christ after reading this book, because now I have an answer when somebody asks "How can you love and worship a God who would condemn me to Hell if I don't believe in your religion?" The answer is the Bible simply doesn't teach this! The Gospel truly is good news for ALL people. I will be giving copies of Christian Universalism to my friends who have left the church or are questioning their faith. This is also THE book I will give from now on to non-Christians as an introduction to Christianity. My faith in God and Christ and my desire to tell others about my faith has been strengthened greatly by reading this book!
Although the argument is much deeper than a single issue, the crux of the argument boils down to the true meaning of the Greek word "aionos," which in our English Bibles is translated as "eternal." The word, as near as historians can tell, originated with Aristotle and was never used in Greek literature to mean everlasting, but always referred to a finite period of time. There's no sound reason to assume the apostles (as well as the Hellenistic writers of the Septuagint) meant it any other way.Read more ›
This book is an excellent introduction to the concept of "Christian Universalism," also known as "ultimate reconcilliation" or "universal salvation." After the World Wars, this beautiful old concept was largely abandoned, and a deep cynicsim set in throughout the world. Today, it is being embraced by many.
This book gives a clear understanding of the scriptural, historical, and spiritual arguments for Christian Universalism.
I have to admit that, as I got further into the book, Stetson's ideas sounded a bit New Age, but regardless, I wasn't dissuaded from looking deeply into Christian Universalism, which I studied nearly full time for a year. Each question led further down the path of Church history until it became absolutely clear that hell was indeed a myth, and that God indeed intends and plans to reconcile and restore every single person to His love in a process and plan of ages. All of my indepth studies led me to writing my own book on the topic, "Raising Hell: Christianity's Most Controversial Doctrine Put Under Fire."
As I studied even more, many other Church doctrines came into question, many of which had roots in distortions, Scriptural mistranslations, and traditions of men--men who wanted to control. As I grew, so did Stetson's book, Christian Universalism; For when I came back to read his book once again, after studying out many of the doctrines that I had been brainwashed to believe throughout my life, I found that I understood and agreed with even the parts that had seemed New Age previously.
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It's interesting that this book - yet again - is a re-hash of the Rob Bell book 'Love Wins'. It regurgitates the same old myths of a 'god' who loves us all so much that He couldn't... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Preacher
I highly recommend it's short and comprehensive and understands who God really is..I would also recommend The divine reversal by caleb miller he's an inclusionist who understands... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Carmela Gonzalez
Highly recommend. Compelling arguments, but does not reach the scriptural answers because of the strait-jackets of tradition.Published on July 4, 2014 by John L Merritt
It was insightful and complete as a gospel suppose to be. A must read if you are in the buisiness in helping people to know GodPublished on June 3, 2013 by ted darden
Eric Stetson, in clear and concise language, makes the case for The Holy Bible actually teaching Christian Universalism (CU) rather than the false doctrine of eternal torment in... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Boyd C. Purcell
Christian Universalism, by Eric Stetson, is a masterful and systematic thesis of a subject that is one of the hottest topics sweeping the Christian world today. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Ivan A. Rogers
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I finished this book this past week and highly recommend it to anyone who has questions about the concept of eternal punishment. I have looked at the bible in a whole new way. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer