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Christian Universalism: God's Good News for All People Paperback – February 15, 2008
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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.
All this is to say...even if you are new to the idea of Christian Universalism and you don't understand or agree with everything you read in this book, give it a fair chance and read it with an open mind. Stetson offers, with beautiful clarity and reason, an enlightening viewpoint into the heart and purposes of God's plan, as more clearly revealed in the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures. Understand that modern popular versions of the Bible are merely misguided commentary based in the traditions of men, a reality that any un-seminaried lay person can find evidence for online. I'm so glad I read this book and I would recommend it heartily.